Monday, October 02, 2006

Traffic stop bribes.

The bribe for a traffic stop by a cop is a 1,000 dram bribe in Armenia. Always have a few 500 dram notes with you. Once stopped, put the 1000 drams in your driver's license, exit the car and approach the cop. Hand the license to the cop. He will open it, look at it and return it to you. In a David Blaine style, the 1,000 drams will no longer be in the license booklet.
This entry is meant to keep the public informed about the latest trends in Armenia. This will be useful for the visitors to know how much of a bribe the circumstances dictate to be paid to the traffic police also known as 'guyishnik'-s.
Please use the comments section for your experiences.


At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Հայաստանցի said...

One have to remember! Armenian policemen are very touchy - don't try 500 bills first. Give 1000, don't argue, smile, joke from recent "Kargin haghordum". This program has many relevan jokes.
In case you have really broke the rule, and in the very center of part of the city, prepare 2000. In case you don't have bills smaller than 5000, you can go with that too, but expect change of no more than 2000.
I'm not sure for western. Usually they have little trouble with police, they just left them go, but I may be wrong.
Have a nice drive (anpordzanq!)

At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Հայաստանցի said...

We need a post about tax police and customs too. Thaank yooooou

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Far from Hayastan said...

I'm curious: being a quarter-blood Armenian, I occasionally make trips to Armenia to enjoy the country I am beginning to love. Since my experience is so small, however, I have yet to understand why Americans are so rarely charged these bribes. My driver was pulled over, but when the cop saw all of the Americans inside, he either would wave us on or make some excuse to let us off if the driver wasn't immediately compliant. Why don't they charge foreigners? Wouldn't they want to get bribes from 'rich' westerners?

At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Հայաստանցի said...

I guess they don't want to damage country image, or.. just Armenian hospitality:)

At 9:09 AM, Blogger ArmeniaBribeTips said...

Female drivers enjoy similar privilages. It's the Armenian males who get screwed usually.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, in case of Americans probably there was a problem of communication. You don't expect them speak fluently English and hint about a bribe, do you?

But if you really want to "avoid" road bribes you better give a big one in the beginning and obtain "good license plates", which will allow you to drive the car 200km/h in front of those guys and they will not "notice" you.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger strudel said...

Cops on the road like bribes all over the world, do not overestimate Armenian ones. strudel
(and talking of bribes, may I use your posts to make more brilliant my little webzine ? )

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous armeniabribetips said...

dedicris, sure, go ahead.

At 2:24 AM, Anonymous Հայաստանցի said...

Updates on traffic stop bribes.
Our brave policemen do not stop you just to say 1000-dram-hello anymore. Now they stop only those that break rules. And, they don't take 1000 dram bribes. With average penalty rate of 10,000 they will never let you go by paying 1000 or 2000. The new rate iiiissss f-i-v-e thoussands!

dear readers. Please don't offer 5000 bribes to the policemen because:
1. There are a lot of good changes in this system and by offering such a sweet price you kill all the good in these persons.
2. The difference between what you pay illegaly and the official tax is just another 5000. (again with average penalty of 10,000)
3.You are now allowed to pay the official penalty rigt on the street to the policeman. He will feel a penalt act and the receipt (make sure he does fill the latter and give you the copy, they don't want to do that sometimes). So the other pain of going to the GAI office in the middle of working day is gone.
4. There are rumors that the policemen are awarded some commissions from the total money that they collect officially. If that is say 30% like they say, then our policemen are not far from getting the money they wish when they take your 5000 bill. So make them get that money so that feel taste of the legal money.

The list of all penalty lists translated to English will be found soon at

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Sulekha Dixit said...

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