Canceled tender on metro replacement buses
Matea Uhlik Vidović, 20.10.2016.
The public procurements committee (KDB) has canceled a tender invited by the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) for replacement bus services to be used during the renovation of metro line 3 and penalized BKK with 130,000 euros. BKK launched a tender procedure for 150 articulated buses in July. Bus services would be ordered if the government supported the plan and provided financing for the extra costs, confirmed Budapest City Council before the tender was launched.
Fig. 1 Budapest buses
It seems how BKK broke the public procurement law and the tender is annulled, including all relevant documents and preliminary information, noted the public procurements committee. According to earlier plans, BKV intended to buy 110 Polish-made Solaris buses at costs of around 31,5 mil euros and use of 40 buses currently in service. KDB’s reasoning for invalidating the tender — the failure to clarify that providing bus service includes bus drivers. Budapest Mayor István Tarlós is highlighting that the procurement was for bus service, not buses. The mayor said BKK was now considering putting buses from its own fleet to use for replacement service, allowing renovation to start along at least a stretch of the metro line.