El Salvador: New Fines for Transport

The Legislature has passed a legal reform to approve a $57 fine to cargo carriers moving in restricted places and times.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

From a statement issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The Legislature has approved with 67 votes, amendments to the Law on Land Transport, Traffic and Road Safety, which will support the traffic agents of the National Civil Police, who may impose a fine of $57.14, on carriers moving cargo in restricted places and times, which will help to regulate vehicular traffic in specific times and places.

"There are already provisions on the main roads of the country, cargo transporters do not circulate during peak hours, but as there was no sanction many did not abide by the rule, so this sanction has been approved, in order to abide by these provisions of the Vice Ministry of Transport" said the deputy of the Parliamentary Group of the FMLN, Margarita Rodriguez.

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Cargo Transport: Fines Canceled

October 2019

The Constitutional Court revoked the $260 fine that the municipality of Guatemala would charge to heavy vehicles and double trailers that travel through the city in unauthorized hours, so now the penalty will be $65.

The action of unconstitutionality was brought to the Constitutional Court by the Central American Federation of Transportation (FECATRANS) and the National Coordinating Association of Transport, against Article 4 of Agreement COM-13-2016 of the Municipal Council of Guatemala.

Freight Transport: Conflict in the Region

February 2019

The Panamanian government temporarily restricted road carriers from Honduras and Nicaragua from lifting cargo at bonded warehouses, free zones, and ports in Panama.

This action by the Panamanian government comes after the authorities evaluated a complaint made by local carriers, who protested about the treatment received in Honduras and Nicaragua.

Guatemala: Truckers End Blockades

November 2016

The municipality of Guatemala City gave in to pressure and changed the rules on the restrictions of the movement of heavy transport vehicles in the capital, putting an end to a strike that lasted for almost 9 days.

The Municipality reviewed the new rules restricting movement of cargo vehicles in the capital and decided to keep them in place on weekdays and reduce the time slot during which they can not enter the capital on Saturdays and Sundays.

Reform to Fonat Law Approved in El Salvador

June 2013

The reform excludes from payment cargo carriers that already have private insurance coverage in place in Central America.

From a press release by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

With 54 votes in plenary legislature, Section 20 of the Special Law for the Establishment of the Fund for the Care of Traffic Accident Victims (Fonat) was reformed to incorporate a clause that excludes payment of the special contribution by freight vehicles with foreign plates, for those who already have an insurance policy against accidents and / or damage to third parties, to ensure compensation both in terms of health as well as financially, with current coverage level in Central America, including El Salvador.

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