Price regulator hands out fines

The price regulating agency has assessed a natural gas provider, bus companies, service stations and even the nation’s rail system with fines for various infractions. The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said the total fines were 32 million colons, a bit more than $60,000.

The firm Gas Tomza got one fine for 4.5 million colons for refilling substandard cylinders.

Transportes Alfaro, a Guanacaste bus firm, got a fine for charging unauthorized fares and services, said the agency.

The Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles got a 1.9 million-colon fine for charging unapproved fares to carry pilgrims to the annual Cartago religious festival.

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