Following the driving restrictions, some vehicles can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their plate number isnít banned for the day.
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Published on Monday, July 19, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Driving restrictions will continue for this week, from Monday July 19 to Sunday 25. Implemented in 2020, these regulations continue to serve as a measure to try to decrease covid-19 infections,  according to the National Emergency Commission.

However, virus-infected patients continue to spread in Costa Rica. According to the Ministry of Health statistics, as of Friday, there are 71,701 active covid-19 infected people in the country. Of the total 389,798 cases detected since last year, there were 4,874 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica.

Following the driving restrictions, some vehicles can be on the roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as long as their plate number isnít banned for the day.

After 9 p.m. there should be no vehicle on the streets, except those traveling 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 is on the government website under Vehicle Exceptions.

The restrictions apply as follows:

On Monday, July 19, plates ending in 1 or 2 are banned.
On Tuesday, July 20, plates ending in 3 or 4 are banned.
On Wednesday, July 21, plates ending in 5 and 6 are banned.
On Thursday, July 22, plates ending in 7 or 8 are banned.
On Friday, July 23, plates ending in 9 or 0 are banned.
On Saturday, July 24, plates ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are banned.
On Sunday, July 25, plates ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) are banned.

Drivers caught disregarding the driving restrictions must pay a fine of about $180. Traffic officers cannot seize the vehicle or its plates. They also cannot reduce driver's license points for breaking the rule.

Different rules apply to parents who are transporting their children to and from school. They must have  a letter issued by the school principal indicating an in-person schedule for the student, the school-issued student identification ID and the bill of proof of school or high school enrollment issued by the principal. Parents should carry the documents with them while transporting kids to school in case traffic police request it.

A practical solution to avoid driving is to request a ride-hailing service or use public transportation. In the case of people who depend on driving, they should print and keep the ban-on-driving schedule displayed with them at all times.

Readers can verify the car plate number restrictions by visiting the government website Vehicle Alert.

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