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Roadside Riteve Inspection Does Not Replace The Annual Inspection

The Ministry of Transport has cleared up doubts of drivers asked by a Policia de Transito official (traffic police office) to submit to a roadside vehicular inspection that began last week on the major roads of the greater metropolitan area of San Jose. Is it...

Driver Will Be Fined If Vehicle Fails The Roadside Inspection

Motorcycles, cars, big trucks, anything that moves on the roads of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) in less than optimal condition will be subject to a roadside inspection and fined is not complying with the minimum standards set by the Ministry of Transport. The Policia...

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...

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...

Vehicular Restrictions of San Jose Suspended For Two Weeks

Starting Monday, July 2, and for the next two weeks, there will be no vehicular restrictions in downtown San Jose. The restrictions will return on Monday, July 16, with license plates 1 and 2. The next two weeks are the traditional "mid-year school vacation" period when...

Santa Cruz Transito Director And Official Arrested For Soliciting Bribe From Foreigner Driver

The regional director and a transito (traffic official) of the Policia de Transito delegation in Santa Cruz, in Guanacaste, were arrested on Friday, for allegedly soliciting a bribe from foreigner driver who had drank some "tamarindos", the local slang for alcoholic drinks. The woman says...

New Transito Chief Determined To Reduce Congestion, Tough On Bad Drivers

A group of 40 Transitos (traffic officials) has been assigned to maintain operations in 10 key points of the San Jose with the purpose of unclogging roads of badly parked cars and infractions of the vehicular restrictions. German Marin, the returning new head of the...

The “Rocas de Carretera”!

  Rico's TICO BULL - A Transito or Trafico (what a traffic police official is called in Costa Rica) sees an old car driving on the left lane of the Ruta 27. He's doing 40 kp/h in a 80 kp/h zone. The car is a...

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...

La Fortuna Transito Chief Kills His Girlfriend and Takes His Own Life

The chief of the Policia de Transito (traffic police) in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Pedro Arce Arya, 56, took the life of his live-in girlfriend Sunday night and later took his own life. According to preliminary reports, Arce used his regulation weapon for the...

“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',...

Uber Users In Costa Rica Are Exempt From Sanctions For Using The Illegal Transport

As the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) crack down on Uber drivers, users (passengers) can rest assured as they are not exposed to any type of sanction for using the illegally deemed private transport service. Carlos Rivas, legal counsel to the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi)...

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...

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...

Transito Left For Dead In Grecia

  Q COSTA RICA - Road rage,  the aggressive or angry behavior exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle, in Costa Rica takes on the form of assaulting traffic police officials (Transitos) with more and more frequency.     The latest occurring in Grecia on Friday night.   On...

Transito “Sweep” Of Badly Parked Vehicles On Downtown San Jose Streets

This Thursday morning alone, in the area of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) and the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Foreign Ministry, also known as Casa Amarilla), Transito officials issued 25 tickets to badly parked vehicles, bringing the total to 71 for the week....

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...

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...

Transitos Cannot Fine You Not Having Your Driver’s License On You

QCOSTARICA - Drivers pay attention, a Transito (Traffic Official) cannot give you a ticket if you don't have your driver's license on you. This can happen to anyone. You rush out of the house and leave your wallet at home, only half way to realize...

In Costa Rica, Not Having A License Doesn’t Stop Drivers

QCOSTARICA - Not having a drivers license (or driving under suspension) did not stop hundreds of Costa Ricans from taking to the roads during Semana Santa. The Policia de Tránsito (Traffic Police) report issuing 718 tickets - the single largest number of tickets - to...

More Drunk and Reckless Drivers This Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - Despite the strong campaign of the last several years against drinking and driving, the Policia de Tránsito (traffic police) report more drunk drivers for this Semana Santa (Easter Week). Mario Calderon, director of the traffic police force, said that compared to last year,...

Transito Accepts Not Being Able To Control Street Racing (Piques)

QCOSTARICA - Residents of La Sabana, Rohrmoser, Pavas and Cartago all have something in common: street racing. Most nights, public streets across the country are plagued by drivers competing for something or other. And sometimes things go wrong. The latest casualty from street racing occurred Sunday...

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