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“Had To Go To The Bathroom” Among The Excuses To Evade Paying For Bad Parking

Faced with a ¢52,000 colones parking ticket and maybe even your license plates confiscated, what would be your reason for trying to get out of paying? Let me first explain, in Costa Rica the process of appealing a traffic ticket is by filing and 'impugnacion',...

Do The Math, How Long Does It Take To Get Your Confiscated License Plates Back?

TICO BULL - Do the math. With more than 6,000 license plates - the majority in San Jose - confiscated of vehicles badly (Illegally(parked and the limit of a max of 200 plates returned daily by the Cosevi office in La Urua, San Jose,...

For The Gavilanes, The Lines Outside The La Uruca Cosevi Offices Is a “Gold Mine”

We've all seen them, the long lines at the immigration office, the registry office (both, the property and civil), at the Caja, the driver's licensing office. And at one time or another, we've all been in one of those lines. That's where the gavilanes comes...

Bad Parking Can Mean More Than Three Days Wait To Recover Seized Plates

Q COSTA RICA - Drivers who have their vehicle license plates confiscated for parking illegally, such as in 'yellow zones', on sidewalks or other prohibited areas, in addition to having to pay the fine, will have to wait at least three days to recover...

Ticketing Illegally Parked Vehicles Without Presence of Driver Now In Force

  Q COSTA RICA - Don't be surprised to find a ticket for your illegally parked vehicle, even if you weren't personally present to be ticketed, as the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) began on Monday enforcing the latest reforms to the Ley de Transito...

Reforms To Traffic Law Approved

Starting soon, owners of illegally or badly parked vehicles, that is in places where parking is not permitted or blocking roads, driveways, sidewalks or bicycle paths, will be fined ¢51,136 colones (plus costs). I say, owners and not drivers, because with the final approval of...

Legislators Approve Bill To Combat “Bad Parking”

Q COSTA RICA - Legislators have set their sights on "bad parking", approving on Thursday in first debate, the bill partially reforming the Traffic Law (Ley de Transito) to fine drivers badly parked. The reform, if it ever reaches final approval, will allow the Traffic...

$550 Fine For Refusing Breathalyzer, More Power To Seize Plates In New Traffic Law Reforms

Q COSTA RICA - With the aim of reducing the carnage on the roads and demand more respect of drivers, Congress has approved reforms to the Ley de Transito (Traffic Law) that calls for the maximum fine of ¢306,850 colones(US$550) for refusing a roadside...

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