By Eduardo Bohórquez and Rafael García — March 27, 2014.
Welcome to Mexico City. Grab your rental car and hit the road to start your two-week road trip. The itinerary suggested by Lonely Planet is amazing: 10 cities in 15 days. Each one of them is no more than a 4-hours drive from the other. What you may not be aware of is that following that itinerary by car requires complying with up to 12 different sets of traffic laws and regulations. A dozen legal instruments regulate your journey.
Under the TESTING 1 2 3: Innovation Fund of Global Integrity, Transparencia Mexicana proposed to tackle this problem by analyzing the similarities and differences between transit codes in Mexican cities. Although we are still in the first stage of the project, we identified 18 different transit regulations governing just six metropolitan areas. Mexico has 59 metropolitan areas, covering almost 60% of the population. If the trend continues for each one of these areas, it could be estimated that a driver could potentially face 150 different ways of interacting with a police officer. That creates plenty of room for corruption and police extortion.
— Eduardo Bohórquez and Rafael García, Transparencia Mexicana
— Photo credit: Christian Campbell (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)