Road Space Rationing in Costa Rica

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

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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.

From "It means that vehicles with plates ending in the specified digit each day won't be able to drive in the city center, nor in the ring road, between 6 am and 7 pm. Offenders could be fined $8.59 (¢5.000), but in September the fine will increase to $59.60 (¢34.700)".

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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.

Changes to Vehicle Transit Restrictions in Costa Rica

January 2011

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

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.

San Jose vehicle restrictions in force for 13 hours

July 2008

Starting today vehicular travel in Costa Rica's capital is restricted. Each day some cars will be prohibited from circulating, and the day of the week is determined by the vehicle's licence number.

The restrictions will apply for 13 hours of the day, although the government initially intended it to be in place for a full 24 hours.

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.

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