In "Tacna Centro" one of Tacna's biggest trade fairs, the sale of the famous reflective vests that in Chile is mandatory for all drivers to use, but which is sometimes difficult to find, is noticed and striking.

Precisely in the garments are manufacturing vests that since January 1 is required to carry Chilean drivers in their vehicles. The Peruvian merchants saw in this a big business, seeing since last week thousands of Chileans looking for the garment in the neighboring city, informed Arica to the Day.

"We bought a lot of genre, but what we had a hard time finding was the gray adhesive tape. He was exhausted in Tacna. We had to commission Lima, "Gabriela said from a post.

And the sale of the high visibility vests has become a real boom in the city of Tacna, where buyers from Arica, Iquique, Kalama and Antofagasta have arrived.

"Yesterday I sold 120 vests. A single person took 30. He said that he would sell them in Antofagasta, "says Carmen Pizarro, who sells two types of vests, according to their quality. Some 20 soles (about $ 4,000 Chilean pesos) and another to 22 sole ($ 4,400 Chilean pesos).

The law of supply and demand also had effects in Tacna, because last week the vests were at 8 soles ($ 1,600 of the national currency). However, today the cheapest is at 18 soles ($ 3,600) and the most expensive at 25 soles ($ 5,000). Round business!

"In any case, it is cheaper, because in Arica other than they were sold out, the last ones that one found were at 8 and up to 10 thousand pesos (about 50 soles in Peru)," says the taxi driver Reynaldo Perez.

The administrator of Tacna Centro, Maritza Managua, estimates that more than three thousand units of vests should be sold daily.

"At first we did not understand why they asked so much, we had to go online and watch the press to know. Here a lot of locals make clothes, but in other areas of the city they are also selling. There is a lot of competition, "he said.


Effectively from January 1, 2016, the decree that forced motorists to wear mandatory, reflective safety vests inside the emergency kit of each vehicle began to take effect. The measure occurs in all Chile.

This new measure aims to reduce the risks of accidents and abuse in places of low visibility or at night, when drivers must get out of their vehicles to repair any defect