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Solving claims on your vehicle, license,
plates or fines must wait until January 7



By
A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Road Safety Council (COSEVI), confirmed that the offices of the institution will be closed from December 21 to January 7, due to holiday vacations.

Anyone who needs to make any claim or procedure related to a vehicle, license, plates or fines must wait until the institutions open again in January.

"If your vehicle or plates or license is seized during the holidays, you must wait until Monday, January 7 to make the claim or request a refund," the organization confirmed.

No type of procedure as a claim on infractions, fines or complaints will be taken care of, since the offices are closed for vacations.

Carlos Rivas, legal director of the organization, said "the people who are sanctioned, for example, on Friday, December 21, will be without a vehicle, without a license or without plates until, January 7. That is 16 days.  It is better to respect the traffic law."

The Traffic Department report shows one of the most frequently sanctioned behaviors is illegal parking. During 2018, more than 35,000 fines were registered for that infraction.

The Traffic Law states that when a vehicle is confiscated, the driver must pay the fine plus the cost of custody of the vehicle. This means the driver must pay a fine for each day that the car is in custody - the daily fine is ¢3.985 colones ($6.70).


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Road Safety Council courtesy photo
 
Cosevi will be closed from December 21
to January 7, due to holiday vacations.


As an example, a person whose vehicle is seized on December 21, would have to pay the custody fine for 17 days, of ¢67,745 colones ($113) just for custody expenses.

The fines will not expire for seven years so, a driver who has been sanctioned for breaking the law must pay the fine, the cost of custody of the vehicle, any old fines that have not yet expired, plus the corresponding interest.










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