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Drivers caught disregarding the ban-on-driving rule must pay a fine of about $180
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Published Monday, July 5, 2021


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The driving restrictions implemented since 2020,  as a measure to try to decrease covid-19 infections, changed according to the National Emergency Commission.

From today ( Monday) to Sunday, July 11,  some vehicles can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their plate number isn’t banned for the day.

After 9 p.m. there should be no vehicle on the streets, except those traveling to authorized places such as the airport, a clinic, work or a hotel, among others. The list of exceptions that allow any vehicle to drive at night is on the government website under Vehicle Exceptions.

The ban-on-driving- rule for this week applies as follows:

» On Monday, July 5,  plates ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) are allowed on the streets. That means plates ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8) are banned.

» On Tuesday, July 6,  plates ending in even number are allowed.

» On Wednesday, July 7,  plates ending in an odd number are allowed.

» On Thursday, July 8, plates ending in even number are allowed.

» On Friday, July 9, plates ending in an odd number are allowed.

» On Saturday, July 10, plates ending in even number are allowed.

» On Sunday, July 11, plates ending in an odd number are allowed.

Drivers caught disregarding the ban-on-driving rule must pay a fine of about $180. Traffic officers cannot seize the vehicle or its plates. They also cannot reduce driver's license points for breaking the rule.

A practical solution to avoid driving is to request a ride-hailing service. In the case of people who cannot use ride-hailing services, they should print and keep the ban-on-driving weekly schedule on them at all times.



Tourists planning on traveling to Costa Rica during this week should review schedules of tourist centers, restaurants, hotels, and the ban-on-driving schedule. It is recommended to check in with the corresponding embassy based in Costa Rica, as part of their research before traveling to the country.

Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website Vehicle Alert.

As of Friday, there are 70,424 active covid-19 infected people in the country. Of the total 371,206 cases detected since last year, there were 4,686 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica, according to the Ministry of Health.

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How is the ban-on-driving rule effective in reducing the covid-19 contagion in your community?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com



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