License plate restrictions planned for this Thursday

Transport officials changed their minds again and are attempting to institute restrictions based on license plate numbers by Thursday. Monday they said they would not do so until next week.

Tuesday, President Laura Chinchilla and Francisco Jiménez Reyes, the transport minister, signed a decree reestablishing the restrictions. They also opted for a revised system that runs from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If the decree is published in the official La Gaceta today,
the measure will take effect Thursday.

This is a three-month trial of the system. In the past, the restrictions lasted all day.

So Thursday motorists whose license plates end in 7 or 8 will be fair game for traffic police during the specified hours. Friday, those with a last digit of 9 or 0 will face restrictions

The prohibited area still is from Calle Blancos in the north to the Circunvalación in the south and from La Uruca to the Fuente de Hispanidad in front of Mall San Pedro on the east.

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