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Government Wants To Raise Marchamo And Road Tolls To Finace The Commuter Train Service

Government Wants To Raise Marchamo And Road Tolls To Finace The Commuter Train Service

Q COSTA RICA – Getting the train moving is no easy task, financially. For many, the commuter train is the only hope to not get stuck in traffic, for authorities to reduce the nightmare traffic congestion of the Greater Metropolitan area (GAM). But it costs. And the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – the state […]

Attorney General: Decree Restricting Importation Of New Cars Is Unconstitutional

Attorney General: Decree Restricting Importation Of New Cars Is Unconstitutional

Q COSTA RICA – “It restricts the freedom of commerce and implies an intrusion into the market,” says Costa Rica’s Attorney General, Julio Jurado, commenting on the decree emitted by the government last August, that prevents importers of new vehicles from introducing into the country late-models before the month of September. This year, for example, […]

It’s MARCHAMO Time!

It’s MARCHAMO Time!

(QCOSTARICA) It’s that time of year again. It snuck up quickly this year, November 1, when the following year’s Marchamo becomes known. Starting this morning, the INS website publishes the cost of the 2017 Marchamo – the annual circulation permit for every registered vehicle in the country, some 2.1 million at last count. The Marchamo, […]

Tolls and Marchamo Would Finance Electric Train

Tolls and Marchamo Would Finance  Electric Train

QCOSTARICA – Soon, when you pay a toll or your annual Marchamo (vehicular circulating permit), you will be contributing to the start of the electric train in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose or GAM. At least that is the intention of legislators who this week will be presented with a bill that would […]

President Solis Demands Defaulting Ministers Pay Marchamo Arrears

President Solis Demands Defaulting Ministers Pay Marchamo Arrears

QCOSTARICA – Calling on his cabinet ministers to lead by example, President Luis Guillermo Solis, has demanded those in areas of the marchamo to pay up as soon as possible. The presidential directive came after the online publication La Prensa Libre, published that five ministers owed, collectively, ¢2.3 million colones (about US$4.400 dollars) in arrears. […]

2016 Marchamo With Delays

2016 Marchamo With Delays

QCOSTARICA – Every year, at the beginning of November, drivers learn the cost and are able to pay for the following year’s Marchamo. Last year, the 2015 Marchamo went on sale on November 10. This year, it was to have been on November 16. But… Delays in the “official” publication of the decree has meant […]

Protests Kick Off At 8AM

Protests Kick Off At 8AM

Health workers, teachers and professors, motorcyclists, drivers and many others will be protesting today in Costa Rica, with the major concentration in San José, starting at 8AM today Monday. Port of Limón workers will be shutting down the port in protest. The meeting point for the mass of protestors  is at the Parque Central on […]