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Costa Rica's traffic police stations closed on Holy Week

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Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Road Safety Council (Cosevi) announced that its Traffic Police offices are closed for in-person service due to the Holy Week.

This year's seven-day Catholic celebration begins on Palm Sunday, March 24, commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and ends on Sunday, March 31, commemorating Jesus' resurrection, known as Easter Sunday.

All Traffic Police offices in the country will resume normal business hours from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024

Anyone who needs to make any claim or procedure related to a vehicle, license, plates or fines should wait until the institution reopens. 

Another option for drivers is to claim by emailing recepcion-impugnaciones@csv.go.cr. No digital signature is required, Cosevi said in its statement.

Drivers who are sanctioned will be without their vehicle, license, or plates until April.

The Traffic Law states that when a vehicle is confiscated, the driver must pay about a $100 fine plus the cost of custody of the vehicle. This means the driver must pay that extra fine for each day that the car is impounded. The daily fine costs about $10.

For example, a person whose vehicle was seized today, on Tuesday, March 26, would have to pay the custody fine until Jan. 1, which is about 5 days. This equals a payment of about $150 including vehicle fine plus custody expenses. 

Fines will not expire for seven years so, a driver who has been sanctioned for breaking the law must pay the fine, the impound and any old fines that have not yet expired, plus the corresponding interest.

Drivers must request an appointment to visit Cosevi facilities to recover the vehicle or its plates. This appointment must be requested on the website of the institution.  


Fines for violating traffic regulations were reduced by 1.04% this year. The Court Superior Council authorized the decrease based on the current Consumer Price Index. 

Also, there will be no restrictions on vehicle plate numbers in San Josť City during Holy Week. The regulation has been postponed owing to traffic reductions, which will occur when most public institutions and commercial businesses are closed due to the holidays.

Furthermore, the police announced the "Holy Week Surveillance Operation" to boost security around the country.

In Costa Rica, the majority of public-sector organizations, for non-essential services, are closed for a full week in March from 25 to 29, due to the Holy Week.

Should Traffic Police maintain their offices open for in-person assistance on holidays? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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