The most common places for such scammers are Kyiv-Chop and Kyiv-Odessa roads.
Interior Ministry officials note that a traffic police car usually has a light bar on the car roof and yellow and blue lines of the car sides. Besides, a police car has blue license plates, while all other vehicles have white ones.
If you are stopped by a police officer with a car without identification signs, be aware: it can be a scam artist, who simply bought the uniform in a shop. To find a car with special signs is more complicated.
The traffic police department also stresses that after having stopped a car a police officer must identify himself (position, rank and name) and specify the reason of the traffic stop.
Only after the above mentioned actions a police officer can ask a driver to show his documents (driving license, car registration documents, civil liability insurance policy or a "green-card" for non-residents). A driver is not obliged to hand documents, but only to show them in such a way so a police officer can read them.
A police officer in his turn is obliged to show his ID documents on driver's request. If you have any doubts, you have full authority to ask for his documents, and if an officer refuses you can rightly go away.
The traffic police department also says to pay attention to the appearance. All traffic police officers must have neat appearance, working equipment, identical seasonal uniform, reflective gears, badges, service guns and batons. Hence, if an officer lacks any or several of the above mentioned attributes, it is also a reason to be alarmed. But the problem is that such police officer can appear to be true officer, only not in service. Unfortunately, in Ukraine it happens that some negligent officers check in their weapon after the service and go on the road for "under-the-counter earnings".
Euro guests should also remember that fines cannot be collected onsite, but must be paid through special bank accounts.
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