Rep. Kim Tae-won of the governing Grand National Party said Monday that the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) bought 224 motorcycles for patrols and ceremonial purposes from 2004 to 2008, but 214 of them were imported.
During the National Assembly inspection of police affairs, the lawmaker said the police purchased 151 Harley Davidson motorcycles and 63 BMWs, but only 10 Hyosung Mirages.
The Harley Davidson and BMW motorcycles cost 22.5 million won and 20.8 million won apiece, respectively, while the Korean vehicle is priced at 7.7 million won, about one third the price of the imported ones.
The KNPA spent 4.7 billion over the five-year period to acquire the foreign motorcycles. A police officer said the bikes were more stable and had fewer problems.
However, Kim argued domestic motorcycles have similar maximum speeds and fuel efficiency compared to the imported ones.
"Home-manufactured motorcycles have improved quality and performance, but the KNPA prefers expensive foreign ones, wasting taxpayer's money," he said.