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Costa Rica’s legislators want to get rid of GPS

Costa Rica: Majority of legislators – 29 out of 55, argued that the use of the GPS in their vehicle is a breach of their powers as representatives of a supreme power. The legislators belong to the Partido Nacional (PLN), Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC), Partido Movimiento Libertario (ML), Partido Accesibilidad Sin Exclusión (PASE), Partido Restauración Nacional y Renovación Costarricense.

The group formally protested the use of the GPS to the chairman of the legislature, Juan Carlos Mendoza. Mendoza said the tracking system generates savings to the Legislature for the payment of travel expenses and also provides security for legislators.

Mendoza’s position is based on reports endorsed by the Legislature’s executive director, Antonio Ayala, who reported a significant fuel savings in travel and legislative budget since the installation of the monitoring system. And perhaps that is where the problem lies, legislators cannot anymore “fudge” their travel expenses and can be located – at least their vehicles – at any given time.

This is not the first time legislators have complained about the use of GPS in their vehicles. In fact this is the third collective complaint of a system that was installed in February 2010 during the Arias administration and at a cost of USD 9000 a year.
The system was installed and is maintained by Radio Mensajes S.A., whose contract expires on December 18 of this year.

Source: Inside Costa Rica