Penalty for forgetfulness

Gary Jiménez, a traffic policeman, removes the plates of a vehicle whose owner did not pay the obligatory insurance and road tax for 2014. The scene was Wednesday on the Autopista General Cañas. The fine is 47,000 colons, some $95, plus a surcharge on the marchamo fee.

Officers, like the one to the left, were out in force New Year’s Day. The police agency reported that more than 100 motorists were snagged for non-payment in the first day the law was enforced this year.

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