New Transit Laws Affecting Tourism in Costa Rica

Tour operators are reporting that the increased amount of traffic fines are having a direct negative impact on tourism.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

From a press release:

ACAR and CANATUR request urgent Transit Law Reform
• High number of traffic violations captured by cameras could lead to bankruptcy for companies providing car hire services
• 30% of visitors use car rental services.

The National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) and the Costa Rican Association of Auto Annuitants (ACAR), have requested that the Legislature make an urgent review and approve an amendment to the Transit Act presented by the executive, which is currently in effect, with the aim of reducing the amounts for fines for traffic violations captured by cameras located on different highways.

The main reasons for this request, made by both ACAR and CANATUR, is the negative effect it is having on tourism, car rentals being the most affected areas, to the point that it may lead to bankruptcy for companies providing this service.

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