Speed trap cameras to go dark for at least six months

The on-again, off-again speed trap highway cameras are off again.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that it is suspending for six months the system and that no speeding fines would be assessed.

Consejo officials said that there was uncertainty over the legalities involving the cameras. The system, which awards fines of more than $600 automatically, is the subject of many appeals to the Sala IV constitutional court. Among other complaints, citizens say that the fines are disproportionate.

The Consejo also said that motorists who already have fines will not be charged for them when they seek to renew their marchamo or road use tax before Jan.1 The Instituto Nacional de Seguros will begin collecting the marchamo Nov. 14. Of course other fines will be collected, as usual.

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