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Change in restrictions increased number of cars on the streets

QCOSTARICA - Did you notice more cars on the streets this Saturday? German Marín, director of the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police), confirmed "an increase in vehicle movements." The official did not go into detail, just to say that the relaxed restrictions announced earlier this...

Driver arrested and to be prosecuted for driving at 151 km/h

(QCOSTARICA) While most of us are focused on the vehicular restrictions, what day we can and cannot drive, some are more focused on getting to and from somewhere as fast as they can (speeding). In Costa Rica, driving up to 150 km/h (93 mph) comes...

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...

Ministry of Transport extends grace for August Riteve inspection

(QCOSTARICA) It's almost the end of August and for owners of vehicles with license plates ending in 8, it's Riteve time, the annual vehicular inspection. Normally, come September 1, drivers would be fined ¢54,636 colones for not having the current inspection. However, in times of pandemic,...

Vehicle restriction triggers the “fast and furious” on the roads

(QCOSTARICA) The daily pre-pandemic traffic congestion curbed many of the "fast and furious" on the roads, but due to the vehicular restrictions and empty streets, the Policia de Transito (traffic police) report an increase in fines for drivers disrespecting speed limits. Transito assumes that with...

Map specifies prohibited routes for cyclists

(QCOSTARICA) It's the weekend and weather permitting, a great time for cycling. But riders are asked not to forget that were are still in a pandemic and social distancing is among the measures that prevents the spread of the COVID-19. In recent weeks, many cyclists...

MOPT recognizes that the vehicle restrictions is a business for the government

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) recognizes that vehicle restriction has become a business for the government. "Although the health restriction is intended to reduce the number of people out on the street, unless they really have to be out, it is a...

Despite the restrictions, every day almost 200 drivers are fined for violating

(QCOSTARICA) By now you would think that every driver in Costa Rica is aware of the nationwide vehicular restrictions, the times and the day or days they can or cannot drive their vehicle. But that is not the case. Every day almost 200 drivers end...

Please Extend Driving Permit for Tourists During National Emergency

Rico's Tico Bull - "Please Extend Driving Permits for Tourists during Quarantine" is the call to Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado, in a Change.org petition started by Outlier Legal Services. At the time of posting this article, 683 people (including yours truly), have signed the...

The night vehicular restriction began Tuesday night

It went into effect at 10 pm, and within a few minutes, some 30 drivers had been fined for violating the nationwide vehicular restrictions that will now be part of Costa Rican every day until 5 am. The Policia de Transito (traffic police), backed up...

Traffic Police reports a decrease in congestion since the arrival of the Covid-19

The Politica de Transito (Traffic Police) indicate that the congestion decreased in our country since the previous Monday as a result of the Covid-19. In addition, taxi drivers and bus drivers report losses due to poor attendance by people at the Alajuela hospital. See the complete...

A Costly Practice!

Rico's TICO BULL - Vehicle owners who usually pay for Marchamo (annual circulation permit) well in advance usually remove the sticker from the current year for the new one. Recently, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) confirmed that doing so, you may be exposed to...

Speeding: From A Cop’s Perspective

Speeding kills. We all speed. That is why the Policia de Transito (traffic police) use their photo radar unit to catch speeding drivers. This photo by the Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Publicas (MOPT), gives us a glimpse from a transito's (cop's) perspective of 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...

‘Romeria’ Road Controls Begin Today

It's that time of year again, approaching is the annual 'romeria' (pilgrimage) to Cartago, on Friday, August 2. To that end, the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police) will start their controls today, Saturday, July 20th and continue on Thursday, July 25th, a holiday (Annexation of...

741 ‘Transitos’ Will Keep The Roads Safe During Semana Santa

With at least 100 control operations, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) intends to keep the roads across the country safe this Semana Santa. According to the director of the Policia de Transito, German Marin, 741 officers (Transitos) will be working around the clock, divided...

Waste Of Taxpayers Money? Transitos Provide Escort For Nongovernment Official and Visitor NOT On “Official” State Visit

Rico's TICO BULL - With the lights and sirens, three Policia de Transito officials (transitos), escorted the former president of the Legislative Assembly, Gonzalo Ramírez and American motivational speaker, who is visiting Costa Rica. The vehicle, a BMW, carrying Ramirez and Maxwell, left La Uruca...

Transito To Give Advice To Drivers and Pedestrians To Avoid Accidents With The Train

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) has come out with a public campaign giving advice to drivers to avoid accidents at the 23 train level crossings that bars and lights were recently installed. The traffic police have also posted officials at the various points, one...

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...

Transito To Fine Buses That Transport Strikers

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) warned holders of concessions from the Public Transport - ie buses and minivans - from using their units to transport strikers or face sanctions that could be a fine of more than ¢100,000 or have their license plates...

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...

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...

Traffic Police and OIJ Advocate Removal Of Bodies Without Presence of a Judge

The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) and a former criminal judge advocate that the removal of bodies in traffic accidents be carried out without the presence of a judge. The discussion gained strength after less than a month two traffic...

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...

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 “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....

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...

Costa Rica’s Traffic Cops Fight Back

(QCOSTARICA) Being a Transito (traffic cop) in Costa Rica is tough job. Daily they face aggression by drivers, some acting violently, while others opening their wallets to avoid a traffic ticket, then turning around to accuse the Transito of being corrupt. The lack of manpower...

MOPT Wants To See Staggered Work Hours For Public Employees To Solve Costa Rica’s Traffic Chaos

QCOSTARICA - In a press conference Monday, the Minister of Transport (MOPT), Carlos Villalta, announced a plan to stagger works hours at public institution with the aims of reducing traffic congestion in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). Villalta explained that, although the initiative is not...

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...

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