Downtown vehicle ban lifted for this week only

Downtown San José vehicle restrictions are suspended this week while the transport ministry publishes a new edict in the La Gaceta official newspaper. No law or decree can go into effect without publication.

These are the restrictions that prohibit certain vehicles based on the last digit of the license plate.

Starting Monday the period of the restriction will be reduced to just 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restriction that expired was for the entire work day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Traffic officials said they would try these new, limited hours for three months to see the effect and evaluate the results in April.

Traffic officials have come under mounting pressure because 20 percent of the private vehicles were prevented from traveling into most of the metro area. The restrictions included those who lived in the area.

There were a number of ways motorists tried to circumvent the restrictions, and police began setting up checkpoints on back roads. One lawmaker was caught with multiple license plates in his vehicle.

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