Changes to Vehicle Transit Restrictions in Costa Rica

During the next three months the transit vehicle restriction will apply only during rush hours.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Depending on plate number the restriction will apply between 6:00 am and 7:30 am and between 4:30 pm to 7 pm.

The new provision will take effect once it is published in the Official Newspaper.

"It will be by midweek when MOPT will send the respective Executive Order for publication," reports

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Costa Rica's 13 Hour Vehicle Restriction Returns

April 2011

From next month the scheme that prohibits vehicles from circulating within the central part of the country's capital will once again apply all day.

Travel in the center of San Jose will be restricted between 6 am and 7 pm depending on the last digit of your car license plate.

Road Space Rationing in Costa Rica

July 2009

Starting next Tuesday, cars won't be allowed to enter the center of the city one day a week, depending on their plate number.

Aiming to reduce traffic congestion, the Government introduced new rationale for the application of the measure, which had been rendered ineffectual by a June 12 resolution by the Constitutional Court.

Costa Rica's vehicle restrictions to be applied all day long

July 2008

Restrictions on vehicles being driven in San José, Costa Rica will be broadened to apply all day long.

The government is preparing a decree that will broaden the measure now in place that restricts vehicle travel during rush hours.
Vehicles are banned from the streets one day a week. The day of the restriction for a vehicle depends on the last digit on the licence plate.

Nationwide vehicle restrictions to be extended throughout Costa Rica

June 2008

The vehicle restrictions that are currently in effect in San José will soon be extended to the entire country.

The measure, which in effect is a surcharge, is being imposed by the Executive Branch as a means of reducing fuel consumption in Costa Rica, with the goal of reducing the national petroleum bill.

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