Some 350 patrol cars donated to Costa Rica by the government of China are in a lot awaiting repairs, according to an Acción Ciudadana lawmakers.
The lawmaker, Nidia Jiménez Vásquez, called upon the Contraloría General de la República to investigate the use of money allocated for vehicle repairs to the security ministry. She said other vehicles were still in use but without adequate maintenance.
On several occasions in the last five years, the Chinese government donated patrol cars. These are the FAW modelo B70, according to the lawmaker. Each time there was a ceremony with the existing government.
Ms. Jiménez said that there are repair shops in Costa Rica that are equipped and have workers
qualified to fix the ailing patrol cars. In addition, the Chinese auto firm has representatives in the country, she said.
“The ministry of security allowed the deterioration of the radio patrol cars despite knowing the existence of repair parts, she said, adding that “failing to take care of goods that belong to the state is a serious failure of the legal system.” She blamed the previous Liberación Nacional administration of president Laura Chinchilla and said that officials acted with negligence.
The vehicles are in a lot in Montecillos de Alajuela.
This is not the first time that police vehicles have been found to be sidelined due to lack of repair.