Juan Carlos Mendoza, the Chairman of the Legislature, said that tracking systems will stay in place as they form part of the security measures for the legislators. Mendoza said the GPS tracking systems generate savings to the government for the payment of travel expenses and also provides security for the Legislators.
According to Mendoza and the Legislature’s executive director, Antonio Ayala, they have seen a significant fuel savings in travel and legislative budget since the installation of the tracking system. Maybe this is where the problem lies, legislators cannot anymore “fudge” their travel expenses and can be located – at least their vehicles – at any given time, the Costa Rica News reported.
This is not the first time legislators have complained about the use of GPS tracking systems in their vehicles. In fact this is the third collective complaint of a system that was installed in February 2010.