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During more than two weeks, from Tuesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 16, the ban-on-driving rule will govern throughout the country.
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Costa Rica restarts ban-on-driving rule















Published Saturday, April 24, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Emergency Commission resumes the ban-on-driving rule, due to an increase in patients infected with covid-19.

As of Friday, there are 33,812 active infected people in the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

During more than two weeks, from Tuesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 16, the ban-on-driving rule will govern throughout the country.

From Monday through Friday, all types of vehicles, regardless of the vehicle plates, will be able to circulate every day from 5 a.m to 9 p.m.

After 9 p.m. there should be no vehicle on the streets, except for people who travel 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 are on the government website Covid Exceptions Restriction.

The ban-on-driving rule also continues in San José’s capital, known as the Circunvalación route, includes all the streets that are found around the city.



In this zone, the ban-on-driving rule continues from Monday through Friday, allowing driving from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. But, vehicle restrictions remain based on the last number of the license plate number:

• Monday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 1 or 2.

• Tuesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 3 or 4.

• Wednesday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 5 or 6.

• Thursday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 7 or 8.

• Friday: Vehicles banned with plates ending in 9 or 0.

On weekends, Sundays and Saturdays, the ban-on-driving rule will continue throughout the country.

• On Saturdays, the drivers can circulate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., vehicles with plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 are banned.

• On Sundays, driving is allowed from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., vehicles with plates ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are banned.

The fine of approximately $180 for breaking the law remains effective. Due to the new law approved by Congress in October 2020, traffic officials can not seize the vehicle or its plates and no longer reduce penalty points on the driving license of the driver for breaking the rule.

Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website Covid-19 Alerta Vehicular.

A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this alert with their contacts.
 
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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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