Adv riders in Colombia

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by theturtleshead, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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    Please do a report. You're taking a trip I am seriously thinking about.
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  2. tkdcol

    tkdcol Been here awhile

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    the fines can be paid in any transit office, it doesn't have to be the municipality where it was issued, as can the courses that reduce the cost of the fine. A good place to keep up with any due fines is the SIMIT webpage. If you have provided the transit office with valid contact info they are also legally obliged to keep you up to date with any pending fines (usually by text or mail)
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  3. Quindio

    Quindio Been here awhile Supporter

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    From my experience from getting 2 photo radar tickets I was not able to just pay it at any transito office. My friend also got one this year and it was the same for him because the ticket was out of province.(department)

    You need to contact the office that issued the ticket, they will tell you what bank you need to go to and pay the fine. It can be the closest bank to your location it does not need to be where you got the photo radar ticket.

    What i learned too is that Transito offices to not communicate with each other in different departments of Colombia. They will not call, contact or email another office for you. It took 7 days to clear up my friends photo radar ticket.

    When I got 2 photo radar tickets 2 years ago I went to my local transito office. First I asked why i got 2 tickets at the same time in the same place? He could not answer that. Then i asked if I could see the photo radar pictures? He said no and that if I wanted to see the pictures I needed go to the office that issued the ticket. I told him it's a 5 day ride to get there. He told me there was nothing he could do. I ended up going to a bank and paying the fines. Once the other office receives the money transfer the fine is removed from your record.
  4. tkdcol

    tkdcol Been here awhile

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    The transit officer is either lying to you or just doesn't know his job. I've had several tickets from different departments (including smaller far away municipios) all of which I've been able to pay in Medellín. The transito offices are all also interconnected by the SIMIT. Specifically regarding the evidence, they are required to upload the evidence to the SIMIT webpage or send you the photo evidence (unless they show you in person when you get the fine), otherwise the fine is not valid- this is someting I've also appealed, based on a lack of evidence.
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  5. Champe

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    This is one awesome thread !
    I missed it until recently - should be sticky on page 1.

    I returned from Colombia recently and will go again soon. Lots of good contacts here. Hope to meet some of you guys !

    About traffic tickets - I speed a lot - and it looks like I'm not the only one. I tried to look up my record on SIMIT but I do not speak Spanish and may have done it wrong. There was a form that asked for my passport number and another number. For the second number I gave my Licencia de Transito number. Clicked on the question mark at the bottom. I got back an error message and other junk.

    Can someone give me a link to the right website ? And does it sound like I asked for the info correctly ?

    They have my info from the RUNT so I suppose I would get an email notification. But my address there is a hostel so any mail going there may not get to me.
  6. tkdcol

    tkdcol Been here awhile

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    if your bike is Colombian, you just need to complete the first field using the passport or cedula number the bike is registered to, leave the 2nd field blank and obviously complete the captcha code.
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    Thank you very much. Yes, my bike is Colombian. Your instructions worked like a charm. I got back a short note that I translated on google translate. It said I don't owe them anything. yet.

    I will be back in Colombia in a few months and try again. I hear the cameras are marked with signs. What kind of spots are they in ? Open highway ? In cities ? Coming into a town ?

    I speed, but only about average. I try not to stand out too much, but just about everyone is over the limit, as near as I can determine.
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  8. tkdcol

    tkdcol Been here awhile

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    There are no fixed rules as to where they put them (they do have to be advertised though). They obviously normally put them anywhere where you can actually gather some speed, but no tips other than that (also mobile ones). Don't forget about the traffic light jumping cameras too. Also, just in case you don't already know, if your bike is >125cc you might also be owing your yearly taxes.
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    How do the taxes work ?

    I got my bike new from a dealer in October. Looked like everything was paid for the first year, but I don't know about the yearly tax. Do they bill you ? When is it due ? My bike is a KTM 390 Duke, cost about $6000. How much tax will I have to pay ?
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    tkdcol Been here awhile

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    You pay them at the transito where your bike is registered (it says on the property card), it is 3% of the commercial value (this is different to the real value of the bike- normally less) + a small standard circulation fee (varies between transito offices, normally between 0 and 30 000COP)
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  11. Cal

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    Is there a way to pay this online? For example you are not in country and travelling in another country on the bike.
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    tkdcol Been here awhile

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    it depends on the transit office; some have options to pay online, others require you to go to the bank to do it. The deadline is normally a date in June, after which they start charging you interest.
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  13. ALLMOSTHERE

    ALLMOSTHERE Make to best of everything

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    Hola Moteros! Anybody living in Bucaramanga Santander It has been my sand box for a couple of years IMG_0424.JPG
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    In my book Bucaramanga is by far the best develpoped large city of Colombia. It's called the city of park by chance.
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    ALLMOSTHERE Make to best of everything

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    +1 on your opinion Thanks! Santander is well developed and every day I get the WoW factor when I explore IMG_3334.JPG
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    Hello to the group,

    I am reaching out to anyone who lives in the Bogota area, or know anyone who does. The short story is I am trying to help my friend Carlos from Bogota find work.

    The longer version is this...In 2017-18 my wife and I rode our motorcycles from Canada to Ushuaia Argentina and then back to Bogota Colombia.
    When we were in Arequipa, Peru - we met Carlos and Angie Sanchez from Bogota. They are a young brother and sister that were travelling around South America 2 up on his 250 Bajaj for I think it was a year. Angie has Cerebral Palsy, cannot walk and is in need of constant care. She was super depressed being trapped in the family home after high school that Carlos drained his bank account and decided to take her on a really long trip. It is an incredible story and Carlos an incredible man. We became very good friends and travelled together for 2 weeks, and then returned to Bogota to visit them again, and have stayed in contact ever since. He refers to my wife and I as his godparents . We have attempted to have Carlos come to Canada but the visa requirements are impossible for a young un-married man with no family living in Canada. The next best thing I can do is try to help him find some gainful employment and help set him on a career path with a good future.
    He is a very genuine, honest and hardworking person who deserves an opportunity for all the amazing things he has done for his sister and family. I know it is a difficult time all around the world with Covid-19 but perhaps when things begin to get better there may be an opportunity for Carlos.

    Our 10 month trip was properly amazing but meeting Carlos and Angie was the highlight.
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    Kerschbaumer Been here awhile

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    Is that the road to Zapatoca? what a great ride!
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    Perhaps you can post what Carlos is capable of doing? Is he able to work from home with computer? If so, what is his skill with the computer? Programming? Web development? Otherwise, I don't think there is much he can do unless he can get a job as an essential worker. My girlfriend is a social worker but her hours were cut by half so she is at the clinic few hours a day Mon to Fri. Not making as much as she normally does but for her it is better than nothing as many are out of work and it is getting desperate in Colombia. Good luck to Carlos.
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    Kerschbaumer Been here awhile

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    Right, thanks for speedy reply and a great point I forgot to consider.

    Carlos worked as a night security guard at a local shopping mall before and after his trip but that has ended. He is good with tools and knowledgeable with motorcycles, so an asset to a moto shop or rental/tour company.

    He is in his early 20's and his dream is to go to university to become a teacher but he doesnt have any formal skills, yet. His family doesnt have much money so raising the funds to go to university makes it really tough.

    I think some sort of entry level job in a place where he could learn and grow his skills but I appreciate how almost impossible that would be to find, especially now.

    I know this is a long shot, but one never knows if the the right person learns about his story, his life could change.

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  20. ALLMOSTHERE

    ALLMOSTHERE Make to best of everything

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    Yes The Sogamoso Canyon on the way to Zapatoca I ride a lot around here. well I used to before the quarantine
    The good man Carlos is in between a rock and a hard place The economy is just starting up again and it is scaled back
    Bogota is not a good place to be There are too many people there and the virus is still brewing
    Santander has 4 cases we are in good shape but leisure travel is not going for a long time I Predict M IMG_2418.JPG aybe only in Santander is ok by me I can't think of a better place
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