Google search image of the 2015 Harley-Davidson 883
Google search image of the 2015 Harley-Davidson 883

QCOSTARICA – Austerity has been one of the main messages to institutions and ministries by President Luis Guillerm0 Solis, from first his days in office.

But, the words of the President are nothing more than words to some heads of the public institutions, like the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police), who continue to go unphased by the alleged fiscal crisis, continuing in their lavish spending.

This public institution reports allocating ¢828 million colones (US$1.5 million dollars) for the purchase of 64 luxury Harley Davidson 883 motorcycles for the officers of the Special Operations Group (Grupos de Operaciones Especiales – GOEs).

The use of the Harley Davidson is a major shift from the Suzuki brand motorcycles, mostly recycled from police forces in other nations.

The Crhoy.com report says that each motorcycle has a cost of US$24.217 dollars or ¢13 million colones at the current dollar exchange rate and despite the request for details, the Policia de Transito would not provide the online publication, specifics.

Asked why the Harley Davidson, the head of the traffic police, Mario Calderon, replied, “the police force deserves the best like in first world countries.”

Opposition legislators, like Rosibel Ramos (PUSC) said the traffic police should stop believing that Costa Rica is a first world country, like Mario Calderon said in justifying the purchase, “In my opinion, they should have purchased lesser costing units,” said Ramos.

Mario Redondo, legislator for the Alianza Demócrata Cristiana party, said “the government is burying its own tax plan”, explaining that this type of spending alienates opposition legislators from voting for the government’s proposed tax reforms.

Others legislators made it clear the President’s call for austerity is pure bullshit.

The ones who have to tighten the belt is we, the taxpayers, while the government continues to spend freely and then asks for more taxes.