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San José City ban-driving resume

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Published on Monday, September 18, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Breaks over. The traffic police have resumed their customary driving restrictions in San José City, which was suspended due to the Independence Day celebrations on Friday.

As of today, vehicle restrictions apply in Route 39, known as the Circunvalación Route, which includes all the streets that are found around the capital city.

In this zone, the ban-on-driving rule continues from Monday through Friday, allowing driving from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. But, vehicle restrictions remain based on the last number of the license plate:

• 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 Sundays and Saturdays, the driving restrictions do not apply. All types of vehicles, regardless of the vehicle plates, are allowed to circulate in the city.

The Traffic Law states that drivers are fined about $50 when they break the rule.  

Anyone who needs to make any claim or procedure related to a vehicle, such as getting their license, registering plates or paying/fighting fines must make an appointment to visit the Road Safety Council (Cosevi).

Cosevi is the organization in charge of managing vehicle fines and has regular business hours from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. However, appointments should first be requested on its website. All processes on the website are available in the Spanish language only.

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 news@amcostarica.com