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The State spends ¢1 billion a year to look after unclaimed vehicles

QCOSTARICA - What happens when a vehicle is seized by the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police)? In many cases it goes into abandonment if the owner never claims it, costing the government coffers some ¢1.09 billion colones (about US$1.8 million dollars) a year to...

Blame the drivers: It’s not the posts, but the lack of road safety education

(QCOSTARICA) The installment of the flexible delineator folding posts on the Ruta 32, at a cost of ¢177 million colones Sunday morning is failing again, as it did five years ago. Despite the fact that the Ministry of Transport assured that a U.S. laboratory certified...

Cosevi suspends return of seized plates and vehicles

(QCOSTARICA) This week is not a good week, if there is every any, to have your license plates and/or vehicles seized for violating the vehicular restrictions. Due to the strict vehicular restrictions this week by COVID-19, the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) announced the temporary...

Don’t take “tico time” for granted: 5 minutes late is enough to lose driving test

A total of 744 people were unable to complete the driving test during 2019 because they did not have all the required documents and because they were late. The Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) - Road Safety Council - a division of the Ministerio de...

Only 153 Drunk Drivers Lost Their License In The Last 3 Years

Despite the serious attempt by transport officials to reduce drunk driving, the statistics are alarming considering that in the last three years only 153 drivers lost their license due to drunk driving. According to records by the COSEVI, the roads safety council division of the...

If You Get Your Car License Plates Seized, You Won’t Be Able To Get Them Until The New Year

Take care in driving around town and the country in the next couple of days and weeks. Besides the number of bad drivers out and about there are also a lot more traffic officials or transitos keeping an eye on traffic. This is a...

The “Uncommon” Behavior of Drivers and The Traffic Fines

Rico's TICO BULL - It's not unusual while driving in Costa Rica to see some pretty uncommon traffic behavior, that sometimes become more common than not, and don't escape the watchful eyes of the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) officials and the quick draw...

Are The Traffic Cameras Coming Back? When?

The recklessness of many drivers will never end. That is a truth that transit officials in the country know well. And despite their attempts in the past, the lack of proper resources - sufficient traffic officials (police) on the roads, among others - means...

You Have To Be Quick, To Get An Appointment For A Road Test

Getting a driver's license in Costa Rica is not an easy task. The process (written and driving test) itself if routine, what makes it so difficult is getting the appointment for the road test. The Consejo de Seguridad Vial (COSEVI), the national road safety council,...

Are the traffic cameras coming back? This is the new plan to monitor drivers

The "eyes" on drivers many becoming back with an initiative presented by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - to bring back the cameras on roads. The 'new' cameras, however, would not only monitor speeding,...

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) -...

How I Renewed My Drivers License In An Hour And At The Cosevi

Renewing your driver's license in Costa Rica can be an experience. The long lines and hours of waiting, only to find out you haven't paid the "entero" or any outstanding traffic fines, which you may or may not remember getting since the last time...

OIJ Raids Cosevi Central Offices

The Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) - road safety council - offices in La Uruca was raided this Monday morning, as investigators delve into the alleged donation of confiscated property. The Ministerio Publico (Prosecutor's Office) said that the purpose of the raids on the central...

Is It Time To Renew Your Costa Rica Driver’s License?

If you are among the thousands of drivers whose driver's license expires in the coming months, leaving it to the last minute and the long lines or even forget, you could face a fine of ¢22.383 colones (plus costs). According to the Cosevi (Consejo de...

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...

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...

San Jose GAM To Get Railway Signals

With the objective of reducing the great number of accidents, many with fatalities, involvingt he commuter train, after a long process, a US$7 million contract to install traffic lights and train warning signals and points on 91 railway crossings in the Greater Metropolitan Area...

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...

14,000 Drivers Licensing Appointments Available Starting Today

(QCOSTARICA) Relief awaits those poor folks who haven't been able to get their driver's license because of a full schedule, would be driver's have had an extremely difficult time getting appointments since last year. As of today MOPT has opened 14,866 appointment slots in August...

MOPT Shows Us How Some Prefer The Mad Dash Across Busy Streets Instead of An Overpass

QCOSTARICA - The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (Ministry of Public Works and Transport- MOPT) shared through social networks, some photographs showing how "some people insist on risking their life and that of drivers so as not to walk a little further, using...

Private Groups Sell Appointments For Drivers License in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The business of selling drivers licenses has turned into the selling "appointments", whether for the written or road test. "If you have a problem making an appointment ... don't worry, we will gladly help," is the line in some of the messages that...

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