Downtown San José Vehicle Restrictions
NOTE – New Times January 2011 to April 2011
Vehicles with license plates ending in the following digits are prohibited from driving in the zone on the following days
6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. <= NEW TIMES
(Historically it has been 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. but from 1/1/2011 to 4/1/2011 they are testing new hours)
1 & 2 Monday
3 & 4 Tuesday
5 & 6 Wednesday
7 & 8 Thursday
9 & 0 Friday
The fine is approximately $60.
This law was originally passed in 2005 to try to reduce the number of vehicles on the road in response to high oil prices. Initially it only applied to the core downtown area, but in 2008 was expanded to include everything inside the beltway. It was temporarily suspended in 2009 but reinstated quickly when downtown turned into a parking lot almost overnight. The law expired in August 2010 but is currently in force with temporary status.
Safety and official vehicles as well as public buses and tourist transports are explicitly exempted, but rental cars are not. As a tourist you may be able to plead ignorance, but you’re better off not finding out.
A detailed map of the restricted zone is shown below. Vehicular travel inside the line is prohibited (on the line is allowed).
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