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Traffic bill hits a snag in the Supreme Court

Judges from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, dismissed most of the consultations made by the Legislative Assembly for review of a new traffic bill, already approved by lawmakers in a first debate in June.

Some of the proposed reforms have caused controversy among drivers, including plans for a new driver evaluation system, distinctions in the bill for experienced and newer drivers, a new system of fines and a clause that would allow cars with right-side steering.

Judges will review two articles of the bill that would allow Traffic Police to confiscate driving permits and regulate vehicles on beaches.

The Sala IV said the remainder of legislative consultations did not meet minimum legal requirements. Lawmakers including Manrique Oviedo from the Citizens Action Party accused the judges of  “washing their hands of the issue.”

Sala IV President Ana Virginia Calzada abstained from voting, saying that consultations cannot be presented by lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill.

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