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The reflective vest and its use by drivers

QCOSTARICA - In recent weeks a rumor spread on WhatsApp that drivers who do not have their reflective vest in the glove compartment were going to be fined. While it is recommended that a reflective vest be handy, it is not required to be in...

Surge in speeding and reckless driving in Costa Rica during pandemic

QCOSTARICA - "Fast and Furious" is one way to describe some drivers on the roads during the pandemic, using the near empty streets as a race track, without any respect for the traffic law or for other drivers This is how a driver was surprised...

Reduction of fines for violating vehicle restrictions on the way

(QCOSTARICA) Lower fines for violating the vehicle restrictions are on the way, after a group of 33 legislators approved a motion, this Wednesday, to pave the way for a bill that would reduce fines from the current ¢110,000 to ¢23,415. The bill would also eliminate...

In These Times of Coronavirus, Bicycling Is OK, Skateboarding NOT

From the, it could only happen in Costa Rica, two young men had their skateboards seized for violating the vehicular restrictions imposed during the coronavirus national emergency. Juan Ignacio León Duarte, of the Special Operations Group (GOE) of the Traffic Police, reported the two men...

Doesn’t mean you can ignore a red light

So it is, from 10 pm to 5 am, drivers cross an intersection even if the light is red. Yes, you read that right, even if the light is red. However, it doesn’t mean you just ignore the red light. The Traffic Law (Ley de...

Transito Pulls Out Measuring Tape To Check If A Young Girl Requires Child Seat

One of the 'must' tools of a Transito (traffic officer) in Costa Rica is a tape measure, you know, that yellow flexible ruler and used to measure distance. Without it a Transito cannot do his job properly. Typically the pate measure is used to prepare...

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...

Marchamo Madness

A few months ago, Costa Rica instituted a new law that people illegally parked could be written a ticket. Up until then, a traffic cop could only issue a ticket to the violator if the driver were actually in the car. Now the driver...

Transitos Suprise Drivers in Downtown San Jose Friday

Armed with a sound meter and a pair of pliers, Transito officials are serious about putting order to the downtown streets of San Jose of illegally parked vehicles, or too noisy, not having all the documents in order and/or driving under the influence. Reforms to...

¢307,000 Fine For Excessive Noise or Polluting Will Only Apply To Owners Of Vehicles

Q COSTA RICA - Driving a noisy or polluting vehicle? If you don't own the vehicle, don't worry, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will not be able to issue YOU,  the driver, the ticket. By majority vote, the Constitutional Court or Sala IV as...

$550 Fine For Refusing Breathalyzer, More Power To Seize Plates In New Traffic Law Reforms

Q COSTA RICA - With the aim of reducing the carnage on the roads and demand more respect of drivers, Congress has approved reforms to the Ley de Transito (Traffic Law) that calls for the maximum fine of ¢306,850 colones(US$550) for refusing a roadside...

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, No Need To Stop For Red Light At Night

  QCOSTARICA - From 10:00pm and until 5:00am drivers DO NOT have to wait for a green light, that is, you can pass at a red light and not get fined. This thing of being able to cross a red light at night is little known. According...

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