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The Council warehouse is closed for holiday and will reopen on Monday, January 4.
- COSEVI photo -

Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Vehicle impounds fine increasing in January

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The cost of impounding vehicles by Traffic Police, which are a portion of the fine, will increase as of Jan. 2021, the Road Safety Council, COSEVI, said.

According to the authorities, the total cost of the fine includes one item of $13, for the first 6 kilometers of hauling service from the point where the vehicle was seized to the traffic police custody warehouse. If the distance is over 6 kilometers, an extra pay of $3 for each extra kilometer will be charged.

The fine also includes the cost of custody of the vehicle within the warehouses of the traffic police, which is equivalent to $8.50 per day.

In addition to the two previous amounts, there’s an added cost in the fine for the offense committed to the Traffic Law.

To recover the vehicle, the owner must pay the fine according to the fault, plus the hauling and custody. Then, request an online appointment using the COSEVI website.

The Council warehouse is closed for holiday and will reopen on Monday, January 4. For that reason, traffic police officers call on drivers to comply with the Traffic Law to prevent their vehicle or license plates from being seized during the holidays.

According to the traffic police, the most common offenses for vehicle impounds are drunk driving, wrongful parking and illegal driving ( most commonly without a license).

As of Nov. 30, the police reported having seized 15,901 vehicles for committing violations of the Traffic Law. Of these, motorcycles represented 85% of total seized vehicles.

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