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moondog1940

Jun 10, 2017, 12:57 PM

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Most people familiar with Mexico probably know that it is unlawful to drive in Mexico City and area with license plates that end in certain numbers on certain days. Does anyone know if this applies to only Mexican plated cars or to ALL cars. My friend was recently stopped and had to pay about $600 Canadian for having a plate ending with a '1'. (Alberta Plates ).



johanson


Jun 10, 2017, 1:17 PM

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I only know that there is a rule and I do not know who it applies to that one can only drive in Mexico City one day if the last number is even and the next if it is odd. I would not have thought that this would apply to NOB license plates, But apparently I might be wrong.


playaboy

Jun 10, 2017, 3:46 PM

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Who did your friend pay the $600 Cdn to? At the police station? The officers that pulled them over?

I have heard of some folks that don't want to pay getting 50 lashes. :-) :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoy_No_Circula


esperanza

Jun 11, 2017, 5:58 AM

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Why guess when Google is your friend?

Here's the Mexico City Hoy No Circula schedule from June through November 2017.

http://www.hoy-no-circula.com.mx/calendario

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RickS


Jun 11, 2017, 8:39 AM

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Esperanza, I am not that proficient in Spanish but does this link provide the answer to the OP's question "Does Hoy no Circula apply to US vehicles"?


playaboy

Jun 11, 2017, 1:14 PM

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Rick, yes it does. Check out this page for a tourist pass.

http://paseturistico.df.gob.mx/pasetur/

Or read the Wiki page.

Who got the $600CDN?


AlanMexicali


Jun 12, 2017, 3:14 AM

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Rick, yes it does. Check out this page for a tourist pass.

http://paseturistico.df.gob.mx/pasetur/

Or read the Wiki page.

Who got the $600CDN?


I think you are correct and he needed to go online to get the tourist pass to be legal. For vehicles more than a few years old with plates out of the Estado de Mexico, CDMX and Puebla zone you now need a Federal smog certificate which only Querétaro close by has. San Luis Potosi closed all their state smog stations and all their federal smog stations. We got a tourist pass when going to CDMX when taking our car years ago. Lately we take a bus, 50% discount for INAPAM card, and use taxis or the metro, or metro busses. Much easier.The law definately does not only apply to CDMC, Estado de Mexico or Puebla plates, they can´t get tourist passes to drive on days not allowed, I think.


(This post was edited by AlanMexicali on Jun 12, 2017, 3:28 AM)


esperanza

Jun 12, 2017, 5:30 AM

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Rick, Hoy No Circula applies to ALL VEHICLES without 0 or 00 smog stickers.

http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com









AlanMexicali


Jun 12, 2017, 8:42 AM

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Rick, Hoy No Circula applies to ALL VEHICLES without 0 or 00 smog stickers.


I thought I made it clear to get a tourist pass you also need to have a smog certificate and only some state´s smog certificates are accepted . eg. Querétaro - and other states you need to get a federal smog certificate which there are federal smog stations in their capital cities if your vehicle is over a few years old.


(This post was edited by AlanMexicali on Jun 12, 2017, 8:43 AM)


at7mbe


Jun 19, 2017, 10:06 PM

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I thought I made it clear to get a tourist pass you also need to have a smog certificate and only some state´s smog certificates are accepted.


Knowing full well that trying to understand Mexican legalities can be a fool's errand, I'm struggling to reconcile the quote above with the language on the http://www.hoy-no-circula.com.mx/ page. Specifically, the "Qué es el Pase Turístico para Foráneos" section:

Es un pase gratuito que permite la circulación por el DF y Estado de México sin las restricciones del programa Hoy No Circula, con el fin de incentivar el turismo.

Este pase se otorga a vehículos particulares cuya edad no supere los 15 años, y no estén registrados en Morelos, Hidalgo, Puebla ni Tlaxcala. Su entrega se hace en forma electrónica y se puede solicitar semestralmente por un período de 14 días, o dos períodos de 7 días.

So to encourage tourism, certain vehicles not more than 15 years old and not registered in the named states can be exempted from Hoy No Circula for one 14-day or two 7-day periods every six months.

And per http://paseturistico.df.gob.mx/pasetur/faq.html, they can drive at all hours of the day or night when operating with this pass:

Permite exentar el Programa Hoy No Circula en la Ciudad de México y el Estado de México, circulando a cualquier hora y todos los días solicitados en su Pase.


Normally, a smog test plus license plate digit gets you a particular color hologram, and the hologram determines when you can drive under the Hoy No Circular program. Got that. But a tourist pass exempts "vehículos foréneos" from the Hoy No Circula program.

Earlier on the first page it says foreign vehicles are those registered outside of the country or in Mexican states outside the Hoy No Circula region, and which "No porten ningún holograma de verificación" (don't carry a hologram).
So you get a tourist pass for your foreign vehicle that doesn't have a hologram. Where does it say that you must have a smog inspection? I don't see a smog inspection as a stand-alone requirement, only as part of getting a hologram (which you don't need if driving on one of these tourist passes).
I live in Michoacán. I want to visit some tourist sites in Estado de México. I can pay $$ for a smog inspection in Morelia that's good for six months. Or it seems I can skip the inspection and just get a free tourist pass for a trip of a week or two.
Can someone point out the flaw in my reasoning that a smog inspection isn't necessary (before a transito does)?
Thanks,
Mark
 
 
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