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Crime > Unpaid diplomatic parking fines: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

According to the Korea Herald’s March 16th edition, foreign diplomatic missions in Seoul only paid 3.6 percent of the parking-related fines they incurred in 2004. Eighty-four foreign missions in the city were fined a total of almost US$100,000 for 2,487 parking violations.

Only 89 of the fines were paid. The leaders in outstanding fines were Russia (230), Vietnam (199), China (180) and the Philippines (114). Paraguay, the People's Republic of Congo, Norway, Venezuela, Panama and Afghanistan all had no outstanding fines.

The Foreign Ministry made an appeal to the missions for voluntary payment of the fines, but it was ignored. Under the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, "the means of transport of the [diplomatic] mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution."

DEFINITION: Average Unpaid Annual New York City Parking Violations per Diplomat, 11/1997 to 11/2002.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Kuwait 246.2 2002
2 Egypt 139.6 2002
3 Chad 124.3 2002
4 Sudan 119.1 2002
5 Bulgaria 117.5 2002
6 Mozambique 110.7 2002
7 Albania 84.5 2002
8 Angola 81.7 2002
9 Senegal 79.2 2002
10 Pakistan 69.4 2002
11 Cote d'Ivoire 67.1 2002
12 Zambia 60.4 2002
13 Morocco 60 2002
14 Ethiopia 59.7 2002
15 Nigeria 58.6 2002
OPEC countries average (profile) 53.17 2002
16 Syria 52.7 2002
17 Benin 49.8 2002
18 Zimbabwe 45.6 2002
19 Cameroon 43.6 2002
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 40.56 2002
20 Serbia and Montenegro 38 2002
21 Bahrain 37.7 2002
22 Burundi 37.7 2002
23 Mali 37.4 2002
Muslim countries average (profile) 37.09 2002
24 Indonesia 36.1 2002
Former French colonies average (profile) 35.45 2002
25 Guinea 34.8 2002
26 South Africa 34 2002
27 Saudi Arabia 33.8 2002
28 Bangladesh 33 2002
South Asia average (profile) 31.73 2002
29 Brazil 29.9 2002
30 Sierra Leone 25.6 2002
31 Algeria 25.2 2002
32 Thailand 24.5 2002
33 Kazakhstan 21.1 2002
34 Mauritius 20.5 2002
35 Niger 19.9 2002
36 Czech Republic 18.9 2002
37 Lesotho 18.8 2002
South and Central Asia average (profile) 18.71 2002
38 Botswana 18.5 2002
39 Bhutan 18.4 2002
40 Sri Lanka 17.2 2002
Emerging markets average (profile) 16.79 2002
41 Nepal 16.5 2002
42 Chile 16.5 2002
43 Tunisia 16.5 2002
44 Iran 15.7 2002
45 Fiji 15.5 2002
46 Italy 14.6 2002
47 Liberia 13.5 2002
48 Malawi 13 2002
49 Paraguay 13 2002
50 Rwanda 12.9 2002
51 Ukraine 12.9 2002
52 Spain 12.7 2002
NATO countries average (profile) 12.24 2002
53 Philippines 11.5 2002
54 Ghana 11.3 2002
55 Mauritania 11.2 2002
56 Guinea-Bissau 10.8 2002
57 Estonia 10.5 2002
58 Mongolia 10.2 2002
59 Costa Rica 10.1 2002
60 Armenia 10.1 2002
61 Togo 9.9 2002
62 Comoros 9.9 2002
63 Vietnam 9.8 2002
64 Georgia 9.7 2002
65 Venezuela 9.1 2002
66 Yemen 9.1 2002
67 Portugal 8.8 2002
68 Uzbekistan 8.8 2002
69 Madagascar 8.7 2002
European Union average (profile) 8.7 2002
70 Tanzania 8.3 2002
71 Libya 8.2 2002
72 Congo, Republic of the 7.7 2002
73 Kenya 7.7 2002
74 Croatia 6.5 2002
75 Djibouti 6.5 2002
76 Slovakia 6.4 2002
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 6.39 2002
77 France 6.1 2002
78 India 6.1 2002
79 Laos 6.1 2002
80 Turkmenistan 5.8 2002
81 Papua New Guinea 5.5 2002
82 Honduras 5.4 2002
83 Slovenia 5.2 2002
84 Kyrgyzstan 5.2 2002
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 5.05 2002
85 Nicaragua 4.9 2002
Eurozone average (profile) 4.55 2002
86 Uruguay 4.4 2002
87 Swaziland 4.3 2002
88 Tajikistan 4.3 2002
89 Namibia 4.2 2002
90 Mexico 4 2002
91 Argentina 3.9 2002
High income OECD countries average (profile) 3.86 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 3.62 2002
92 Romania 3.5 2002
93 Uganda 3.5 2002
94 Singapore 3.5 2002
Non-religious countries average (profile) 3.36 2002
95 Hungary 3.3 2002
96 Bolivia 3.1 2002
97 Peru 3.1 2002
98 Haiti 3 2002
99 Jordan 2.9 2002
100 Belarus 2.7 2002
101 Belgium 2.7 2002
102 Cyprus 2.5 2002
103 Guyana 2.3 2002
104 Gabon 2.2 2002
105 Austria 2.2 2002
106 Lithuania 2 2002
107 Russia 2 2002
108 El Salvador 1.7 2002
109 Poland 1.7 2002
110 The Gambia 1.5 2002
111 Malaysia 1.4 2002
112 Trinidad and Tobago 1.4 2002
113 Lebanon 1.3 2002
114 Germany 1 2002
115 Eritrea 0.8 2002
116 Moldova 0.7 2002
117 South Korea 0.4 2002
118 Dominican Republic 0.1 2002
119 Finland 0.1 2002
120 Guatemala 0.1 2002
121 New Zealand 0.1 2002
122 Switzerland 0.1 2002
123 Canada 0.0 2002
124 Netherlands 0.0 2002
125 Turkey 0.0 2002
126 Norway 0.0 2002
127 Panama 0.0 2002
128 Ireland 0.0 2002
129 Ecuador 0.0 2002
130 Australia 0.0 2002
131 Denmark 0.0 2002
132 Colombia 0.0 2002
133 Israel 0.0 2002
134 United Kingdom 0.0 2002
135 Greece 0.0 2002
136 Oman 0.0 2002
137 Jamaica 0.0 2002
138 United Arab Emirates 0.0 2002
139 Azerbaijan 0.0 2002
140 Sweden 0.0 2002
141 Latvia 0.0 2002
142 Japan 0.0 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by Crime > Unpaid diplomatic parking fines. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Cultures of Corruption: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets Ray Fisman Edward Miguel Columbia University and NBER University of California, Berkeley and NBER 2006. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Unpaid-diplomatic-parking-fines

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According to the Korea Herald’s March 16th edition, foreign diplomatic missions in Seoul only paid 3.6 percent of the parking-related fines they incurred in 2004. Eighty-four foreign missions in the city were fined a total of almost US$100,000 for 2,487 parking violations.

Only 89 of the fines were paid. The leaders in outstanding fines were Russia (230), Vietnam (199), China (180) and the Philippines (114). Paraguay, the People's Republic of Congo, Norway, Venezuela, Panama and Afghanistan all had no outstanding fines.

The Foreign Ministry made an appeal to the missions for voluntary payment of the fines, but it was ignored. Under the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, "the means of transport of the [diplomatic] mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution."

Posted on 15 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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