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Traffic Police Seeks to Reorganize Nicoya's City Limits
• Heavy vehicle drivers invade restricted zones

By Oliver Pérez

The road chaos that has prevailed for the past five years in the city of Nicoya upsets and concerns its residents, who demand a reorganization.

Missing, fallen or misplaced traffic signs, a blurry road demarcation, vehicles parked on restricted areas or taxi stops and vehicles driving the wrong way down the street are just some of the irregularities seen in Nicoya.

In spite of the signs that prohibit heavy vehicles on some roads, bus and truck drivers simply ignore them.

In light of this awkward situation, Nicoya's Traffic Office set forth a plan from the first weeks of January, in which no vehicles may park on either side of the main streets of the colonial city limits. Therefore, they are carrying out daily surveillance operations with tow trucks and police units that go around the city in order to fine those who violate the restriction.

Dionisio Chávez, Nicoya's Traffic Police Chief, explained that previously they lacked the tow trucks needed to organize the city but, now that they have them, they have been able to do something about the road chaos.

 

“Last year we presented a copy of the road reorganization plan to the Municipalidad, while the original plan was submitted to the Traffic Engineering Department of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT). In it we proposed changing the direction of some of the busiest streets but, for now, were are focused on putting some order and it has shown”, the traffic officer explained to the VON.

If a vehicle is parked on a restricted area or one that is painted with a yellow line, the driver may face a 135.600 colones fine. If the driver cannot be found, the license plates will be removed and, in extreme cases, the vehicle will be towed away to the Traffic Police facilities.

In order for people to become aware of the areas in which they may not park, the Traffic Police has been placing traffic cones to prevent people from parking; for example, on the street that goes from the Tribunales de Justicia to Pollo Campero and from there to the park.

Those streets are were most of the traffic congestion occurs during the day, mainly during rush hour. Thereby, traffic police officers will be making sure that drivers comply with the new regulations.

Drivers may use the private parking area located on the northeast side of the colonial church.


 

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