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#1 mexpat10350



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:50 AM

I just read on another site that driving in certain states in Mexico is regulated by your license plate number and you can be fined and have your car impounded if you are caught driving on a day that is not indicated by your license.   Does anyone have any more information about this strange law or does anyone have any suggestions for finding more information about this????

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#2 Charles



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:43 AM

Hoy no circula has been around for 25 years in Mexico City and most surrounding States.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:47 AM

It is a restriction that applies to Mexico city.


If you have a foreign plated vehicle that is 8 years or newer, the restrictions do not apply.  If it is 9 years and older, restrictions apply.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:31 PM

It only applies to Mexico City and Estado de México, according to the color of your plate or last digit is the day you are not allowed to use the vehicle at all, unless you get a 0 stamp or a 00, then you can drive any day, also if you get a 2 then you can´t on saturdays.


Every car in Mexico City and Estado de México needs to go through a vehicle emission check up twice a year unless it´s brand new then you don´t have to until after 2 years.

Vehicles get a stamp:00 (usually for brand new cars), 0 (not so old cars), 1 (old), 2 (super old cars). Vehicles with 1 and 2 can´t be used one saturday a month, unless the car is 15 years old and up then the vehicle can´t be used any saturday. 

Vehicles with 1 and 2 that are between 8-14 years old can´t be used one saturday per month.


But don´t worry unless you come to the City, I think it doesn´t apply to other states but Edo de Mex and Mexico City. 

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