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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...

The Vehicle Restrictions for January

QCOSTARICA - Drivers are reminded that starting today, January 1, that there is a change in the vehicle restrictions and the Marchamo 2021 (circulation) permit sticker should be on the windshield, to avoid fines and possible seizure of license plate and/or vehicle. Marchamo The 2021 Marchamo...

Traffic police seize more than 5,800 licence plates per month

QCOSTARICA - Between January and November of this year, the Traffic Police (Policia de Transito) seized 64,468 vehicle license plates - an average of 5,800 a month - for different types of offenses. The police body explained that the drivers who had their vehicle's license...

Traffic Fines for 2021

QCOSTARICA - This is the list with the correct amounts of fines for traffic violations in effect starting January 1, 2021. Not wearing a seatbelt: ¢110,729.29 Talking on a cell phone while driving: ¢110,729.29 Illegal...

President to sign into law changes in sanctions for violating the vehicular restrictions

QCOSTARICA - Though it has been mistakenly been believed by many that a change sanctions for violating the vehicular restrictions had been adopted, it still isn't, requiring the signature of President Carlos Alvarado and its publication in official media, before that can happend.   You can't...

Keeping our streets moving …

Transito (traffic official) Andrhea Briceño posted this photo and message on Twitter. Her biggest complaint is the attitude of the people during the national emergency, "People act badly on the roads, you have to issue fines and the question is: How are you going to...

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...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Vehicular Restrictions For Semana Santa

The sanctions for violating the vehicular restrictions are no longer a joke, so listen up, unless you really need to be driving, stay home. Go out if and only it is absolutely necessary. The sanctions for violating the restrictions will, by the weekend, be ¢107,000...

Appeals Alleging A Violation of Freedom of Transit Filed Against Vehicular Restrictions

It didn't take long, it was expected to happen. Within hours of the countrywide vehicular restrictions going into force, the Constitutional Court received two 'recursos de amparo' - appeals against the government measure. On Tuesday, March 24, at 10 pm and continuing until 5 am,...

Starting Tonight, Driving Is Restricted Countrywide. Learn the Rules.

Starting this evening at 10 pm and continuing to 5 am and every day forward during the national emergency, for now until April 12, there is a nationwide vehicular restriction in effect. The fine for violation is ¢22,187 colones, and although the Policia de Transito...

Naivety could complicate collecting damage from the guilty in car crashes

You get into a mishap while driving. It happens to even the best of drivers. It's not your fault, it was the other driver. You have an open and shut case. Ah. but you are in Costa Rica. "I have the case won." That is...

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...

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...

70% of traffic accidents could be solved with simple agreements between the parties

Although there is a regulation that allows the parties involved in a minor accident to mediate at the scene and move the vehicles, or even require a transito (traffic) official to be on the scene, few do so according to the head of the...

Transito Goes Electric

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) has 10 new electric motorcycles to do the different jobs they do on the road. The bikes will allow a savings of ¢57.22 per kilometer in relation to the gasoline-powered. According to the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) - National...

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...

Vehicular Restriction In San Jose Will NOT Be Applied On Mother’s Day

In order to encourage and facilitate the gathering of families, visiting cemeteries, medical centers, homes for the elderly, restaurants, meeting and recreational places in San Jose, the Traffic Police (Transito) announced it WILL NOT be applying the vehicular restrictions on Mother's Day, August 15. The...

All the police forces now will have access to the OIJ criminal database

The Legislative Assembly approved on Monday bill 20997 that enables all police forces access to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) criminal database. With this reform the Fuerza Publica (National Police), the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS), the Drug Control Police (PCD), the...

Municipal Cop Threatens Transitos, They Take His Car

Rico's TICO BULL - I have always had my doubts of many of the officers of "policia municipal" (municipal police) who, with little or no training (my assumption) are now the authority in their communities. I see them here, in my little corner of...

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',...

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