Snagged plates will go postal

Under an agreement approved Tuesday, license plates confiscated by traffic police will go in the mail.

The officers of the Policía de Tránsito no longer will hand deliver the confiscated plates to regional offices of the Consejo de Seguridad Vial. Instead, that job will go to the Correos de Costa Rica.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that the new system will save 60 million colons (about $113,000) in gasoline and travel time as well as 530 hours of police time a month.

Traffic police will pay Correos  8,700 colons (about  $16.40) per pickup regardless of the number of confiscated plates, according to the agreement.

There are 27 regional offices of the traffic police, and Correos will pickup and deliver the plates three times a week.

Motorists who lost their plates due to traffic violations still will have to show up at a regional office of the Consejo de Seguridad Vial to pay a fine and recover the plates, said the ministry.plates090915

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