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Costa Rican motorists soon won't have to wait for police to clear minor car accidents

It’s a common sight on Costa Rican roads: traffic snarled for blocks as two cars sit obstructing traffic, waiting for a traffic cop to appear and give the OK to move the vehicles.

But soon drivers will no longer have to wait for authorities after minor accidents.

President Luis Guillermo Solís and Public Works and Transport Minster Carlos Segnini signed a decree earlier this week that will allow motorists who get into minor accidents to move their vehicles out of traffic before they exchange insurance information.

The decree — which takes effect 120 days after its publication in the government newspaper, La Gaceta — applies to accidents involving damage to vehicles only, and in cases where both drivers can come to an agreement.

Casa Presidencial said the change would free up traffic police to address other issues and clear the country’s congested roadways from unnecessary traffic jams.

Both parties would need to fill out a minor accident declaration provided by their insurer, along with photographs, video or other evidence to accompany the claim.

If the drivers cannot come to an agreement, they would contact traffic police and sit blocking traffic — as usual.

Contact Zach Dyer at zdyer@ticotimes.net

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Aitor Xaranga

LOL! This will most likely apply to minute percentage of accidents!
1. There are thousands of vehicles running around with ONLY the infamous “Seguro Obligatorio” which covers a measly amount of third-party liability.
2. Most drivers do not trust the legal systyin case the problem heads to the courts.
Good luck Mr. Solís

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Robert Svensson

Well, with that attitude this country will never get any closer to first world countries where you just take a picture or two and fill in the form you have in the glove compartment. This is the country where everyone are coming about that things are wrong, but are at the same time against any kind of changes and modernization. Weird indeed…

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Robert Svensson

Coming should of course have been Complaining

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