More making road tax payments than did so in the previous year

Some 225,000 vehicle owners have paid the 2014 road circulation tax, the marchamo, as of Friday, said the Instituto Nacional de Seguros. That figure is 14,000 vehicles higher than the same period in 2012, it noted. More than a million motorists have yet to pay.

The tax is due by the end of the year, but finding a place to make the payment after Christmas can be difficult.

The fine for driving Jan. 1 and thereafter without the 2014 window sticker is 47,000 colons, about $94, noted the insurance firm.

Vehicle owners do not need a lot of paperwork to make the payment, as has been the case in the past. A cédula and the plate number allows the cashier to look up the vehicle online. Of course, motorists also have to pay for any traffic fines they have accumulated and not paid.

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