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July 2nd, 2009
Last year, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas (MOPT or as North Americans might call it, the Transportation Department) made a rule that drivers could not enter San Jose on certain days of the week, dependent upon the last digit of their license plate. For numbers 1-2 it was Monday, 2-3 Tuesday, etc. I immediately hated this rule as it restricted my freedom. Well, I did not Blog about it… just as well because about 3 hours later, I changed my mind! Suddenly, the traffic in San Jose dropped and while I had to be inventive on Mondays, the other 4 days were wonderful!
Crow tasted just fine. Besides, I knew that some offended person would file an appeal with Sala IV, the Costa Rica Constitutional Court.They did, and just days ago, the court deemed this restriction unconstitutional and thus declared it null and void.
Basically, the court said that the Executive branch of the government does not have the legal power to impede or violate fundamental rights such as the liberty of transit.Hours later, the Transportation Minister ordered the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police) to suspend the restrictions.
Now, days later, the traffic is back and San Jose is all but gridlocked. What’s that old Russian saying? “Be careful what you wish for?”
About 10,000 tickets were handed out since the law went into effect. None were paid though as the government waited to see if their restrictions were legal.
Clearly, something must be done and the MOPT is making noises about making a restriction under some other guise. Personal liberty or no, I hope they succeed because the current traffic sitution is truly intolerable.Filed under Cars - Automobiles, Costa Rica, Costa Rica Law, Driving in Costa Rica | Comments (4)