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570 Drivers Walking For Not Having Paid The Marchamo

At 12:01 am January 1, drivers without the respective 2019 Marchamo or circulation permit faced a fine of ¢53,340 colones and/or the seizure of license plates. In less than 72 hours, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) reports issuing 570 tickets and confiscation of the...

Costa Rica Gets Tough On Drunk Drivers For The Holiday Season

As we head into the end of year holiday season, the Attorney General's Office (Fiscalía General) and the Transit Police (Policía de Tránsito) united their voices to give a clear and forceful message: they will be relentless against drunk drivers. On Friday, Emilia Navas (Attorney...

Confiscated Plates During Year End Will Mean You’re Walking During The Holidays

Drivers beware, if you get pulled over and your traffic offense is serious enough to warrant the confiscation of license plates, you may be on foot throughout this holiday season. This applies also to illegal parking. This because the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) -...

All Traveling In A Vehicle Must Identify Themselves If Asked By Police, Court Confirms

As reported Tuesday (October 9) afternoon by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), the Constitutional Court or Sala IV confirmed that all persons who in vehicles must identify themselves if asked by police. The Sala IV resolution 2018-016698 delivered on Friday, October 5,...

Trains Running, 850 Transitos To Guarantee Free Transit This Monday

Working closely together, the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), Municipal Police forces throughout the country, and the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) took to the streets shortly after midnight in an operation to guarantee free circulation on national roads today Monday. And possibly for the...

The Policia de Transito At Work

With a worrisome and growing figure of road fatalities, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) have stepped up their game: more patrols (including night), spotchecks and radar control, like that pictured below on the Cañas - Liberia portion of the Interamericana Norte (Ruta 1).

‘Craziness’ Detonates Tragedies On The Road

Up to Wednesday, August 22, 32 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, more than one death per day this month. And so far this year, the number of fatalities exceeds 288 people, in on third of the cases, the deceased were between 10...

Traffic Police Intensifies Actions Against UBER

The Government through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - intensified the operations against UBER drivers throughout the country. After the pressure measures taken by the taxi drivers the previous week where they completely blocked the...

Policia de Transito Gets New Vehicles

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will be debuting 80 new vehicles, 22 of which will be on the road by Semana Santa, when the police forces mounts one of its biggest operations on the nation's roads. The new vehicles will be distributed among the...

Can The Traffic Police Force You To Get Out Of Your Vehicle?

Wednesday morning in Alajuela, apparently a driver was demanded to get out of his vehicle by officials of the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police). As the man refused, he was taken by Transito to the local police station - sitting in his car while...

“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',...

Return of Seized Plates For Bad Parking Has Oversatured The Cosevi

The volume of parking violations resulting in the confiscation of license plates has over saturated the ability of the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) to deal with the return in a timely manner, even though it has increased the hours of operations and overtime...

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...

Transito Looking For Volunteers In The Absence of Sufficient Officials

Q COSTA RICA - In the face of a lack of sufficient manpower (officials) to patrol the roads has motivated the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) to open a call for "ad honorem" inspectors. The police body reported having already received about 80 applicants from...

San Jose With No Vehicular Restrictions For Semana Santa

Q COSTA RICA – The vehicular restrictions of San Jose will be suspended for Semana Santa (Easter Week). The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will not be monitoring license plate restrictions from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14 says the director of the...

Traffic Police Gets Tough On Illegally Parked Vehicles in Downtown San Jose

Q COSTA RICA - Drivers insist on parking in areas such as boulevards and any space to squeeze into rather than pay for space in a lot. The illegally parked vehicles no doubt add to San Jose's inner-city traffic congestion. The Policia de Transito (Traffic...

Bus Drivers Take Advantage of Impunity To Talk On Cell Phone While Driving

The fine for using a cellular phone while behind the wheel is ¢103.000 colones. Photo Rafael Pacheco, La NacionTICO BULL by Rico – Driving and using a cellular phone is banned in Costa Rica, sanctioned by a ¢103,679 colones fine. But bus drivers in...

Know The 19 Changes To The Traffic Law

Q COSTA RICA - Legislators on Monday approved in first debate reforms to the Ley de Transito (Traffic Law). The following are the 19 changes contained in Bill 19.636: Parking 1.  Area will be defined for the exclusive use of loading and unloading for vehicles, including heavy...

Costly Fines Insufficient To Lower Deaths On Costa Rica’s Roads

QCOSTARICA - Improper passing, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continue to be the main cause of fatal traffic accidents in Costa Rica. What is clear to authorities is that the severe fines introduced in the reforms of the Ley de...

Drivers Have Lost The Fear Of Death: Traffic Police Chief

QCOSTARICA - Reckless driving is the main cause of fatal road accidents in Costa Rica says the director of the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police), Mario Calderon. The police chief says that drivers have lost their fear of death, and thus leads to casualties on...

Costa Rica Transport Authorities Call To Eradicate Culture Of Warning Other Drivers Of Police Presence

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Transport don't want us to speed. They also don't want us to alert drivers who do, of police ahead. In a post on the social media, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) is making a call to "eradicate...

On Average, 231 Traffic Tickets A Day Issued In First Months of the Year

  (QCOSTARICA) Bad driving, careless driving, bad road design and poor enforcement due to lack of traffic officials are the factors behind the growing number of accidents on Costa Rica's roads. The Policia de Transito (traffic police) reports attending 41, 779 accidents between January 1 and...

Traffic Police Expands Force With Officials Working Pro Bono

(QCOSTARICA) How would like to work pro bono as traffic cop in Costa Rica? With the objective of increasing the size of the police force and due to budget constrains, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will be recruiting between 25 and 40 officials...

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