• Costa Rica Real Estate Auction
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rican transit officials say higher fines in 2015 will help reduce roadway accidents

March 17, 2015

Drivers take note: Starting in January, Costa Rica’s traffic fines will increase by more than $26 in some cases.

The highest traffic citation – Class A – will increase from ₡293,000 ($553) to ₡306,000 ($578), the Public Works and Transport Ministry’s Traffic Department reported. Class A fines include driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with an expired license, and speeding over 120 kilometers per hour, among others.

Fines are outlined by Costa Rica’s Traffic Law, and there are five categories of traffic infractions, from A to E, depending on severity.

Class E fines, which include driving in San José on vehicle restriction days and tailgating by truck drivers, will increase by ₡1,000 ($1.90) to ¢22,000 ($41). Class B fines, which include blowing a red light or failing to use car seats for kids, will increase from ₡198,000 to ₡207,000 ($374-391). Driving without a seat belt or while talking on the phone, or failing to present a valid driver’s license belong to the Class C category. Those fines will increase from ₡99,000 to ₡104,000 ($187-196).

Traffic citation hikes are defined each year based on the Consumer Price Index as reported on June 30 by the National Statistics and Census Institute. The decree outlining the increases was sent for publication in the official newspaper La Gaceta and is expected to enter into force on Jan. 1.

Traffic Department Director Mario Calderón on Friday said the increase aims to create awareness among drivers and reduce roadway accidents. He said he believed the hikes are fair because they are – according to him – proportional to Ticos’ purchasing power.

Of course we all know that higher fines won’t make much of a difference if traffic cops aren’t around to enforce the rules of the road. Or, if they’re arbitrarily enforced, as is often the case in Costa Rica. According to an April 2013 story in the daily La Nación, Costa Rica has 900 traffic cops to patrol more than 7,600 kilometers of roadway. Of those, 160 work in the San José greater metropolitan area. Added to that, the number of vehicles in circulation on Costa Rican roads has nearly tripled in the last 15 years, according to CRHoy.com, citing a transit official, increasing from 450,000 in the year 2000 to more than 1.2 million today.

 

You may be interested

U.S. Embassy tweet of supposed tsunami causes alarm in El Salvador, Central America
Central America
52 views
Central America
52 views

U.S. Embassy tweet of supposed tsunami causes alarm in El Salvador, Central America

AFP and The Tico Times - November 11, 2019

A tweet that warned of a potential tsunami on the Pacific coast caused alarm Monday in El Salvador, where President…

Their future in the United States at stake, ‘Dreamers’ trek to Supreme Court
immigration
26 views
immigration
26 views

Their future in the United States at stake, ‘Dreamers’ trek to Supreme Court

Ariela Navarro / AFP - November 11, 2019

Carolina Fung Feng was resting after the grueling 230-mile walk from New York to Washington for a Supreme Court hearing…

Exciting new opportunity for Costa Rica buyers and sellers
Sponsored content
22 views
Sponsored content
22 views

Exciting new opportunity for Costa Rica buyers and sellers

The Tico Times - November 11, 2019

Bid on three unique Costa Rica properties. You Have Until Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 P.M. Here is some brief background…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!