Wednesday 16 June 2021

Erroneous decree on vehicle restriction corrected

[HQ] So confusing are the sanitary vehicular restrictions for the period of August 10 to 21 that even the people who wrote the decree couldn’t get it right.

To that end, on Monday, the government had to run to solve an error in the initial executive decree for the areas under orange alert during the so-called closure phase.

What happened?

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On Saturday, August 8, the president of the Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE), Alexander Solis, explained the “unification” change in the vehicular restrictions of ther 12 days of August.

Solis explained that for Mother’s Day weekend, only vehicles with odd-numbered ending license plates (1,3,5,7,9) can circulate on Saturday, August 15 and even-numbered ending (0,2,4,6,8) on Sunday, August 16.

In the resolution published on August 10, in the official newsletter La Gaceta, it read that on Saturdays only the vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers and on Sundays those ending in even numbers.

The erroneous decree

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Total in contradiction of the announcement made by the CNE president.

The corrected decree

On Tuesday, the corrected version of the decree was published and all is restored, we can now go back to the original confusion state.

In Cantons under orange alert:

  • Mondays: only plates finished in 1 and 2 CAN circulate.
  • Tuesdays: only plates finished in 3 and 4 CAN circulate.
  • Wednesdays: only plates finished in 5 and 6 CAN circulate.
  • Thursdays: only plates finished in 7 and 8 CAN circulate.
  • Fridays: only plates ending in 9 and 0 CAN circulate.
  • Saturday, only plates ending in 1,3,5,7,9 CAN circulate
  • Sunday, only plates ending in 0,2,4,6,8 CAN circulate

Cantons under yellow alert:

  • Mondays: plates ending in 1 and 2 CANNOT circulate.
  • Tuesdays: 3 and 4 CANNOT circulate.
  • Wednesdays: 5 and 6 CANNOT circulate.
  • Thursdays: 7 and 8 CANNOT circulate.
  • Fridays: 9 and 0 CANNOT circulate.
  • Saturday, only plates ending in 1,3,5,7,9 CANNOT circulate
  • Sunday, only plates ending in 0,2,4,6,8 CANNOT circulate

On weekdays, in both orange and yellow alert areas the daytime vehicular restriction is from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm and weekends from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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The fine for violating the vehicular restriction is ¢110,000 colones, plus six points on the license (meaning driver ed on renewal) and seizure of license plate and/or vehicle.

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Q Costa Rica
Reports by QCR staff

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