Police Told to Register Cars More Quickly

MTA traffic officer checking a driver's documents on Butyrsky Val on Tuesday.
Authorities have given a nod to drivers frustrated with the typically arduous task of registering their cars by introducing a set of new rules for traffic police aimed at easing the bureaucracy and reducing corruption linked to vehicle registration.

Under the new rules, which were introduced by the Interior Ministry's road safety department and went into effect Tuesday, the entire process of registering a car should take no more than three hours.

It is not uncommon for drivers to spend an entire working day dealing with the bureaucracy necessary to register their cars with the Interior Ministry, though bribes can generally speed up the process.

But while the new rules say the process must be finished within three hours, they apply only after traffic police officers have accepted a driver's paperwork. They do not account for the time drivers spend in line. "The idea to regulate the process is good, but more things are required to make it work," said Vyacheslav Lysakov, head of the Free Choice Motorists' Movement.

Traffic inspectors told the web site Gazeta.ru that while they could easily process the paperwork within three hours, registration offices were so overloaded that driver's nonetheless have to wait in line "for hours."