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Published on Monday, September 13, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As a measure to try to decrease covid-19 infections, the driving restrictions, following the National Decree for Health Emergency implemented in 2020, will continue in place for this week, beginning today, Monday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The driving restrictions remain in place, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. as long as their plate number isn’t banned for the day. After 10 p.m. no vehicle should be on the streets, except those traveling to authorized places such as the airport, a clinic, work, school, hotel, among others. The list of exceptions that allow any vehicle to drive at night is on the government website under Vehicle Exceptions.

This week, the driving restrictions apply as follows:

· Even on the holiday today, Monday, Sept. 13, plates ending in 1 or 2 are banned.

· Tuesday, Sept. 14, plates ending in 3 or 4 are banned.

· Wednesday, Sept. 15, Independence Day, plates ending in 5 and 6 are banned.

· Thursday, Sept. 16, plates ending in 7 or 8 are banned.

· Friday, Sept. 17, plates ending in 9 or 0 are banned.

· Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 have no plates banned, which means that all vehicles can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Drivers caught disregarding the driving restrictions must pay a fine of about $180. Traffic officers cannot seize the vehicle or its plates, nor can they reduce driver's license points for breaking the rules. Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website’s Vehicle Restriction Alert.

A practical solution to avoid driving is to request a ride-hailing service or use public transportation. Drivers should print and keep the ban-on-driving schedule displayed above with them at all times.

The government confirmed that due to the continuous increase in covid-19 cases in the country, the restrictions should continue until herd immunity can be achieved, which is at least 83% of the population, approximately 4,274,344 million people vaccinated.

Records show that 1,509,014 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 29% of the population, according to the Vaccine National Information System report.

Drivers who want to appeal a fine made by traffic police have the option of claiming by email, due to the reduction of personnel at the headquarters and branches of the Road Safety Council, known as Cosevi.

Also, vehicle owners whose license plates were seized by traffic officers could recover them through home delivery services provided by Correos de Costa Rica, the state delivery services company.

What should the government do to reach herd immunity? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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