Don’t you just hate that. They have raised the cost of tickets here and they are all about double or more than yours. Can you go to traffic school there to reduce the cost and keep it off your insurance?
Hi Linda, I don’t think traffic school is an option here. I’ve not been able to find anything about it online. There’s no points with this ticket, just a fine, so hopefully it won’t affect my insurance.
Jeff got one on the long drive to work. The deal is that you do NOT pay it. When you renew your license you will have to pay BUT (says our lawyer friend) there is a rule that says if it has been three years you do not have to pay. SO if you just got your license in the last couple years and it is not renewable for at least another three you will be off the hook. There aren’t escalation fees and it doesn’t affect insurance. That’s what local people where Jeff works say and the loophole we found out about from our lawyer friend (local PR guy). So resist that temptation to do the right thing and do the PUERTO RICAN thing. Ignore it! katrina
If I am not mistaken the ticket will accrue $5 dollars per month until it is paid. And I think they have an “amnesty” during these days in which you get a discount of 40% on all your unpaid tickets. If you don’t pay you could need a small fortune to renew your license. Regarding the points and traffic school. In theory there is a point system and if you get many tickets your license is suspended, but it is something that is never put in practice. You will not find any traffic school because there is no market for them on the island.
And don’t worry for your insurance because there is no such thing as a driving record in PR and your insurance company will never know!
Hi Ivan, Yeah, its $20 extra if you don’t pay in 60 days and then another $5 for every month thereafter. I know they tie the tickets to the driving licence, but don’t they also tie them to the vehicle’s marbete (the number is on the ticket), meaning you can’t get your annual marbete renewed if there are outstanding fines on it?
Needless to say, we will be paying as soon as our local colecturía’s system is working again! Its just not worth the hassle and risk of not paying. At the end of the day I WAS speeding, so I just need to take the punishment! 🙂
We went to pay the ticket today and got a pleasant surprise. We did indeed get the 40% discount Ivan mentions above, so it ended up ‘only’ costing $69. So that’s $46 ‘saved’ to put towards our dinner out tonight! 🙂