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José City driving restrictions resume

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Published on Monday, April 1, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Traffic Police resumed their usual driving restrictions on vehicle plate numbers in San José City after being stopped due to the Holy Week, warned the Ministry of Public Transport.

As of today, Monday, April 1, restrictions to vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders with a specific license plate number, apply in Route 39.

It is also known as the Circunvalación Route, which connects all of the streets that surround the capital city.

In this zone, the ban-on-driving rule continues from Monday through Friday, controlling driving from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The vehicle restrictions remain based on the last number of the vehicle license plate:

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

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

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

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

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

On Sundays and Saturdays, the driving restrictions do not apply. All types of vehicles, regardless of their plate numbers, are allowed to circulate in the city.

The Traffic Law states that drivers are fined $100 when they break the rule.  

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.

How does the ban on driving in the city impact your daily life?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to


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