Corrupted police | Warning

Ecuador

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We were stopped by police and they asked us USD 900 because of our small windshield crack. They negotiated the fine USD 900-500-300-180. We paid nothing at last but spent almost 1hr on the road. Bad ending in Ecuador.

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We were stopped 15:45 on a Tuesday. Control on all lanes. Exactly as the first comment they stopped us for a small crack in our window. Fine was $400 and the car “would be taken to a car detention center”. Paid $80 and let us go. Other officers passed us during our talk. They are all corrupt

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They just started the controll when we were passing (3pm) but waved us through and smiling.

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Police control was there on all three lanes. Didn’t even check our documents and waved us through.

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Passed here on a tuesday at 4:30 and no one was here

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Pasamos en Lunes a las 5:00 pm y nadie esta en el punto.

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We were stopped and asked a few questions (where we are coming from, where we are going), but very professional and didn't want to see any papers. No sign of corruption.

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We also were stopped between Guayaquil and Santa Elena (exact point doesn’t matter) and a young policeman requested a tread pattern depth of 8 mm minimum (the legal limit in Germany is 1.6 mm) and concluded that we have to pay a fine. We stayed CALM, PATIENT, POLITE and basically SAID NO for twenty minutes using google translate. He didn’t ask for a specific amount of money and we didn’t do him the favor to ask for. At the end of the discussion he recommended to change the tires and let us go.

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The police officer who stopped us today....but all good this time. Asked to see the licence, car papers and passport and the date of when we entered Ecuador, but didn't actually look at any of the documents....all good!

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We were also stopped on the highway between Guayaquil and the border, further north of this point, but the exact point doesn’t matter because all the police are corrupt. We were stopped twice in one day and both times the police tried to fine us for something... the first time for driving through a yellow light and the second time for going around a stopped bus too fast. I was able to get away without paying any “collaboration” as they call it, but it’s a pain. It helped that I spoke fluent Spanish and what did the trick both times was slipping into the conversation that I was a volunteer and lived in Ecuador for 2 years (which is true, but I’m planning on using it from now on, no matter where I am). Also, we have a dash cam and politely said that if they really think we need a citation, let’s review the footage and see where the law was broken. Just be patient, polite, and direct.

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We were stopped by police and they asked us USD 900 because of our small windshield crack. They negotiated the fine USD 900-500-300-180. We paid nothing at last but spent almost 1hr on the road. Bad ending in Ecuador.

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