Protests near Casa Presidencial cause traffic chaos
Thousands of informal taxi drivers and chauffeurs, or porteadores, on Tuesday morning blocked roads near Casa Presidencial in the southeastern San José district of Zapote, causing massive traffic congestion that lasted for hours.
Traffic officials were forced to close all access to roundabouts in San Pedro and Zapote.
Private chauffeurs and school bus drivers are angry at a proposed regulations currently under study at the Public Works and Transport Ministry that would set quotas for student transportation permits.
Another group of porteadores gathered at the toll booth in Naranjo, in the province of Alajuela, and began a procession to the Casa Presidencial.
The protest also was joined by teachers from the High School Teachers Association and the Costa Rican Education Union, who oppose a draft bill filed by the government that seeks to cut salary bonuses for teachers.
Carlos Rodríguez from the National Transport Forum said that with the arrival of school buses and teachers, the protest is expected to reach a crowd of approximately 12,000 people.
The protest is expected to last throughout the day, and motorists are advised to avoid the area.
You may be interested
A new airline takes off in Costa Rica: Meet SkywayThe Tico Times - November 16, 2018
A new airline takes to the skies today in Costa Rica – Skyway, which now connects some of the country’s…
Off the eaten path: The Escazú Farmers MarketWilliam Ayre - November 16, 2018
This week, I will not highlight a restaurant, but rather an assortment of different and delicious street foods, which at…
The Tico Times Circulation Department and a lost newspaper way of lifeDery Dyer - November 15, 2018
When The Tico Times celebrated our 60th Anniversary in 2016, our former Editor and Publisher Dery Dyer, daughter of Tico Times Founder…