bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Sunday 15.12.2019 | Name days: Jana, Johanna, Hanna
LatviaLatvia

Tender for public transport service rights under fire over questionable rules

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Road Transport Directorate, buses, decade, tender, IUB, regionalLatvia’s Procurement Monitoring Bureau (IUB) has prohibited Road Transport Directorate from continuing the procurement procedure without amendments and signing the contract for regional public transport services for 2021-2030, according to the decision made by IUB Submissions Review Committee.

The decision states that the Road Transport Directorate is to cancel the section of the tender On Fees for Entering Bus Stations, as well as the section On Technical Specifications that covers a requirement for contenders to provide disabled people the option to order a bus adapted for disabled people 24 hours prior to the trip. Additionally, Road Transport Directorate is asked to provide as detailed information as possible about the actual flow of passengers for each bus trip.

IUB Submissions Committee has reviewed two applications from SIA Sabiedriskais autobuss, as well as applications from SIA Tukuma auto, SIA Dobeles autobusu parks, AS CATA, SIA VTU Valmiera, SIA Jelgavas autobusu parks, SIA Jēkabpils autobusu parks, SIA Daugavpils autobusu parks, AS Nordeka and AS Talsu autotransports about requirements of the tender.

Complaints over more than 40 sections of the tender have been received.

The Submissions Review Committee declared most complaints as unjustified and some of them – partially justified.

The decision explains that the technical specifications section for Compulsory Requirements For Provision of Public Services, stating that contenders have to ensure all trips leave the starting point and move from stop to stop within a specific period of time, except for cases when the time spent on the road is affected by quality of the road, traffic congestion or other conditions independent of the contender’s power. This particular section states that contenders should state in their financial offer the fee for entering bus stations or other starting or end destinations. Additionally, costs should be stated for every year between 2021 and 2030.

IUB explains that there is an ongoing dispute over the contenders’ inability to calculate and offer an accurately calculated service’s costs about provision of public transport services if costs are required to include fees for entering bus stations. Complaints from contenders mention it is not possible for them to acquire information about bus stations’ planned costs for services in the relevant time period. Respective, IUB has concluded that this section should be abolished from the tender.

Additionally, one of the complaints is about Road Transport Directorate not providing information about the actual number of passengers for each trip each week day. Complaints mention that the requirements of the tender include information about expected passenger numbers without dividing information per day, adding that this information is not enough to objectively calculate how many passengers are needed for completion of bus trips. Submissions Review Committee found this complaint justified, adding that the Road Transport Directorate needs to include as detailed information as possible about actual number of passengers for each trip.

Additionally, the committee believes the requirement from the Road Transport Directorate on contenders’ duty to ensure disabled persons are able to order a bus adapted for disabled people within 24 hours prior to the trip is unjustified, because in accordance with requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers, if the service provider does not have an adapted bus, the passenger has to put an order 72 hours prior to their trip.

As it is known, the Road Transport Directorate announced a tender in summer On Provision of Rights for Bus Services on Regional Network of Routes. Multiple carriers have submitted complaints to IUB over requirements of this tender.


Leave a reply

Aivars Lembergs leaves his post in Latvian Olympic Committee

On Friday, 13 December, individual member of Latvian Olympic Committee and member of its Executive Committee Aivars Lembergs announced to LOK board his decision to leave the organization, BNN was told by LOK press-secretary Mārtiņš Mālmeisters.

Ralfs Kļaviņš and Edvīns Bērziņš leave the board of Latvian Transit Business Association

Chairman of Riga Commercial Port Ralfs Kļaviņš and ex-chairman of Latvian Railway Edvīns Bērziņš have left the board of Latvian Transit Business Association, according to information from Firmas.lv.

US sanctions will not affect companies in which Lembergs no longer has any influence

The sanctions introduced by USA against Lembergs will not affect the companies over which he no longer has control thanks to a ruling of the court.

Liquidation of discount fares on multiple RMS routes would help save money for Rīgas satiksme

By liquidating multiple discounts for passenger fares on multiple LLC Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme routes, LLC Rīgas satiksme public transport company hopes to save approximately EUR 1.75 million a year.

Tallinn region GDP portion decreases in Estonian economy

In 2018, 65% of the Estonian gross value added was created in Harju county, while the rest of the country is inching closed with Harju county, the official statistics of the Baltic country showed.

EU prolongs targeted sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

The European Union has extended for another six months its sanctions against Russia’s energy, finance and military sectors. The continued restrictive measures are said to remain in full until Minsk peace deal is implemented.

Local government representatives will no longer work at Riga and Ventspils freeport

Following the coming into force of amendments to the Law on Ports, representatives of Riga City Council and Ventspils City Council will lose their respective posts in the board of Riga Freeport and Ventspils Freeport, the law states.

Total tax debts in Latvia at December’s beginning – EUR 869.4 million

At the beginning of December, total tax debts in Latvia, including outstanding, halted and extended debts, were equal to EUR 869.367 million, which is 1.9% less than a month prior, according to data from the State Revenue Service.

In UK’s Brexit election, Conservatives win comfortable majority

In the British snap parliamentary election aimed at breaking the Brexit impasse, the ruling Conservative Party has won gaining a comfortable majority, according to close to complete results.

Riga City Council’s interim administration may be entrusted to VARAM state secretary Balševics

If the Saeima votes in favour of dismissing Riga City Council, the interim municipal administration may be entrusted to Environment Protection and Regional Ministry’s state secretary Edvīns Balševics, according to the ministry’s Riga City Council dismissal legislative draft to be decided on by the government on 17 December.

EU member states commit to 2050 carbon neutrality, Poland opts out

European Union’s 26 members, including the Baltic states, have supported the planned political course to considerably reduce the greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Coal-powered Poland said it could not reach the goal and opted out.

Latvia’s prime minister forms a work group to ensure Ventspils Freeport’s operations

On Thursday, 12 December, Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has issued an order on formation of a work group under Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits in order to ensure undisrupted operations at Ventspils Freeport, as reported by the prime minister’s press-secretary Sandris Sabajevs.

Ministry: to prevent damaging Latvian sports sector’s reputation, Lembergs should leave LOK

To avoid letting US sanctions negatively affect Latvian Olympic Committee and spread to the reputation of the country’s sports sector, the ministry can only ask Aivars Lembergs step down as member of LOK Executive Committee, BNN was told by Education and Science Ministry.

Budget Committee declines residents’ request to postpone increasing funding for parties

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has rejected a public initiative signed by more than 11 000 residents. This initiative requested postponing the planned increase of funding for political parties.

Lower election threshold in Lithuania – more democracy or chaos?

The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has lowered this week the parliamentary election threshold to 3 per cent for political parties and 5 per cent for coalitions.

Russia expels German diplomats, retaliating to German step over Berlin murder

Russia has asked two diplomats of the German Embassy to leave the country. This is a tit-for-tat measure after Germany declared two Russian diplomats personae non grata as Berlin investigates an international murder in the German capital, TASS reported.

Riga Freeport and Liepaja Special Economic Zone to leave LTAB

Riga Freeport and Liepaja Special Economic Zone will leave Latvian Transit Business Association managed by Aivars Lembergs, as both are subjected to US sanctions.

Lembergs’ influence over Ventspils Freeport needs to end, bank supervisors say

The goal of the US sanctions is reducing Aivars Lembergs’ economic and political influence over Ventspils Freeport and other companies under his control. Sanctions are not meant to paralyse companies, rather seeing how they are used to process deals influenced by the person under sanctions – Aivars Lembergs, said Finance and Capital Market Commission head Santa Purgaile during a press-conference on Thursday, 12 December.

USD 25 million offered in Weinstein sage to 30 alleged sexual abuse victims

In the U.S. movie industry scandal surrounding sexual abuse claims against film producer Harvey Weinstein his lawyers have offered a USD 25-million settlement to more than 30 women, The Guardian reports.

Legal Affairs Committee supports lifting judge immunity for administrative violation cases

Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee supported prior to the second reading legislative drafts to the Law on Judicial Power and Law on Judges Disciplinary Liability intended to lift the immunity of judges in administrative violation cases, as confirmed by Justice Ministry.

Estonian-Finnish gas interconnection unveiled

Estonia and Finland have held ceremonies to unveil the gas pipeline Balticconnector, built to connect the gas transmission networks of both countries separated by the Baltic Sea.

Mārtiņš Kazāks officially becomes governor of the Bank of Latvia

On Thursday, 12 December, Latvia’s Saeima officially approved Mārtiņš Kazāks as the new governor of the Bank of Latvia, as BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

What is Ventspils Development Agency and what will its members do now?

Among the organizations against which US Department of Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control has adopted sanctions is also Ventspils Development Agency. In accordance with OFAC issued Global Magnitsky General Licence Nr.1, global partners have 30 days to cease all cooperation with this organization.

Israel on way to third parliamentary election in year

Israeli legislators have been unable to overcome a prolonged political crisis. The Knesset has given its initial approval to the third parliamentary election in the Middle Eastern country in a year’s time after legislators proved unable to form a majority coalition.

Social Integration Fund torn over NGO support priorities

Although sides of the Social Integration Fund have argued over priorities of the Non-Government Organizations Fund, the contest to start using funding allocated to NGOs may yet be announced this year, allows Social Integration Fund council member and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s representative Imants Parādnieks.


Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!