• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Vehicle restriction in effect only during rush hour starting Thursday

March 26, 2015

A new schedule for vehicle restrictions in the capital will begin Thursday. Restrictions will now be in effect only from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and from 4:30 to 7 p.m., according to a press release from the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).

In the past, vehicle restrictions were applied from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now, vehicles can be fined only during rush hour.

Drivers with restricted plates will be prohibited from traveling in downtown San José and within the Circunvalación, a belt route around the city.

As of Jan. 1, fines for driving with a restricted license are ₡41,080 ($82). On Mondays, cars with license plates ending with a 1 or 2 cannot enter the restricted zone during rush hour. On Tuesdays, plates ending in 3 or 4 are banned, those ending with 5 or 6 are prohibited Wednesdays, 7 or 8 on Thursdays, and 9 or 0 on Fridays.

The restrictions do not apply to motorcycles, public transportation vehicles, school buses and vehicles of disabled people.

According to the press release, the new executive decree will be published today in the government’s official publication, La Gaceta. The new schedule for restricted plates will be re-evaluated after three months. In April, MOPT will decide whether the new hours meet with a mandate to reduce congestion in the city or if the old hours need to be reinstated.

You may be interested

Costa Rica ends work week with new high in Covid hospitalizations
Costa Rica
37 views
Costa Rica
37 views

Costa Rica ends work week with new high in Covid hospitalizations

The Tico Times - May 8, 2021

There are 1,175 people in Costa Rica hospitalized with Covid-19, a new record, the Health Ministry said in its Friday…

Authorities search for hiker missing in Chirripó NP
Costa Rica
7 views
Costa Rica
7 views

Authorities search for hiker missing in Chirripó NP

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 7, 2021

Costa Rican authorities are searching for a woman who disappeared Tuesday while hiking to Cerro Ventisqueros, the country's second-highest peak…

Costa Rica unemployment rate remains elevated at 18.7%
Costa Rica
2744 views
Costa Rica
2744 views

Costa Rica unemployment rate remains elevated at 18.7%

The Tico Times - May 7, 2021

Unemployment in Costa Rica was 18.7% in the moving quarter from January to March 2021, according to the National Institute…