Thursday, 08 February 2024 01:08

Reform to Traffic Regulations will allow moving vehicles involved in minor accidents

Written by Karla Gutiérrez

Today, the heads of the Vice Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Works, Romeo Herrera, informed about the reforms made to numeral 4 of article 176 of the General Regulation of Traffic and Road Safety, with the purpose of clearing the roads immediately after a traffic accident.

Reyes said that, as Vice-Ministry, they have had approaches with the insurance companies to explain the new provision and they showed their support to facilitate the procedure to their users.

"Our regulations date back to 1995 and 1996, the regulatory bodies have to change, just as technology changes. Before, it was not common to have elements such as cell phones and digital cameras on the day, at the time of recording this type of incident", said the Vice Minister of Transportation.


The reform establishes that those involved in a road accident must move the vehicles to an area where they do not obstruct the road. In the event of injuries or deaths, the vehicles must not be removed until the authorities so determine. If the damage to the vehicles makes it impossible to move them, assistance will have to be requested and the responsible party will have to assume the costs.

The reform, under the " Mueve tu vehículo " campaign, indicates that those involved in the accidents must document with photographs or video to be presented to the authorities attending the incident. Those who refuse to move the vehicles will be sanctioned for obstructing the roadway, which is punishable with a fine of $57.14", explained the authorities.

"We are simplifying the process to have less interference in vehicular traffic (...) This is the reform so that when people are on the road, they do not have to wait for the insurance company or the police to arrive in order to be able to move. In this way, vehicular traffic is streamlined", said the head of Public Works.




Translated by: A.M