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5 de octubre de 1999

VEHICLE INSPECTIONS, CUBAN STYLE By Mary Miranda, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - "Vehicle inspections" in Cuba include investigations into the health of draft animals, soundness of automobiles with borrowed parts and the verification of licenses for pedicab operators.

In the second half of September, traffic authorities in Pinar del Río province in western Cuba inspected 2,468 vehicles and imposed 180 fines for violations. What they didn't find, apparently, is that some drivers borrow parts only to pass the inspection and then continue holding together their dilapidated vehicles as best they can.

The official publication El Guerrillero in last Sunday's edition denounced the stratagem, calling those drivers cheaters who "only seek to enrich themselves, taking advantage of the lack of transportation, especially for passengers." The publication refers to the common practice of vehicle owners who supplement their income by hiring them out.

Mary Miranda, Cuba Free Press.


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