Costa Rica adopts decrees to accelerate zero-emission vehicles


The government of Costa Rica has signed decrees to encourage the adoption of electric or zero-emission vehicles.

The decrees were signed by President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the First Lady Claudia Dobles Camargo, and ministers of Public Works and Transportation and of the Environment and Energy.

“We are encouraging zero emissions technologies, with actions aimed at meeting our decarbonisation goals and allowing the population to join and make use of an increasingly sustainable and efficient transport, “said the First Lady.

The signed decrees include:

Incentives for Used Electric Vehicles. This creates an economic incentive for used EVs of no more than 5 years old to encourage use amongst middle-class incomers.

Such vehicles will pay less in customs duty, will not be subject to vehicular restriction and may park in spaces designated as blue inside public parking lots and in private ones located in supermarkets and shopping centers.

They will be equipped with a badge issued by MINAE.

Guideline Transition to an Electric Vehicle Fleet or Zero Emissions in the Public Sector.  This is aimed at public administration institutions to acquire only electric vehicles or zero emissions, as far as possible.

All vehicle acquisition plans must be in accordance with the Law for Incentives and Promotion for Electric Transport.

Decree Modification to the Regulation of the Law of Incentives and Promotion for Electric Transport. Modifies the procedure to verify that a vehicle is electric. Previously, a verification by car was required, now it will be done by model to make the process more efficient.

In order to issue the certificate, the Audit Body for the Technical Review of the Road Safety Council will consult if the model is previously registered as an electric vehicle; if not, the necessary documentation will be requested by model that demonstrates this condition.

Decree Promotion of Sustainable Mobility in the Central Public Administration. Each institution must create an Institutional Sustainable Mobility Plan. It will include actions to promote mobility among its officials such as preparing showers for those who travel by bicycle, as well as spaces in parking lots, install parking lots for bicycles, disclose information on routes, timetables and bus and train stops.