Minor accident rule to be effective Jan. 7

The policy that persons involved in minor accidents do not have to await police will go into effect Jan. 7, according to a decree published this week.

Publication was expected. President Luis Guillermo Solís signed the decree Aug. 11.

The accident still will generate paperwork. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes will publish on its Web site a form that each driver involved in a minor collision without injuries will fill out. In addition, drivers will be encouraged to take photos or videos.

The delay for the decree to go into effect is so that insurance companies can develop their own policies, officials said.

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