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Ventspils municipal police buys two expensive limousines for city council needs

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUVentspils municipal police has procured two new Volkswagen Phaeton limousines with state registration numbers GZ7669 and JP1203. One vehicle cost EUR 49,000 and the other – EUR 72,000.

As the head of this structure, Janis Arajs, told Pietiek, these limousines have been bought «in order to drive». When asked why specifically limousines were chosen, he replied: «Municipal police does not organize procurements. Municipal police is provided budget funds and buy in accordance with procurement process conditions. We did not organize this process. It is likely that it was organized by Welfare association. Here’s how it works – the municipality manages, economy office, I think, compiles the list of institutions provided with budget funds for procurement of vehicles, and a procurement process is organized in accordance with this information. They are the ones responsible for these processes. I believe it was Welfare association. They announce procurements and launch these processes. It was held in June. In accordance with results we carried out the contract. The contract was part of the procurement process. We did not buy the cars, we only paid for them.»

When asked why the municipality expressed the sudden need for specifically these cars, he explained: «It was stated in the procurement documents. We chose whoever submitted the best offer. There are criteria we have to follow, including the lowest possible price. That group had offered the best price.»

When asked why the police require cars specifically with parameters of the ones that were bought, Arajs said: «It is because such cars are used universally. The municipality cannot afford to keep a car and allow it to be used by one person. This is why these cars are used by municipal police for a wide range of assignments: for presentation, long-hauls to Riga, Jelgava, Jekabpils and other locations. With that, these cars serve as a means to get around.»

When reminded that VW Phaeton is a limousine, he replies: «I would not say that. What is more important – whether or not it is a VW or a limousine? It is a national class car. Audi can be a limousine; a Porsche can be a limousine, even Lexus. Limousines are large and white. What are you saying? A limousine.»

By representation assignments he means that «the car has a designated driver and he carries out assignments ordered to him. If he is ordered to drive to Riga, he drives to Riga. If he is required in Liepaja, he drives to Liepaja. If there is an assignment to drive around Ventspils, he drives around Ventspils.»

When asked about the reasons behind travelling to Riga, Arajs replied by mentioning different reasons, including: transporting important documents or important people to attend important events or meetings. «There are too many for me to list. If there is a request from the city council, we organize it. It is only logical to have the vehicle be used to its full potential. Whatever is necessary, we do it.»

Answering the question in regard to the different in price of the vehicles in question, Arajs explained that one has a higher rating – larger length. This increases its price. When asked why the car has to be larger, he said «so that there is more space to work in and more things can be put in the back. […] It is a vehicles primarily used by the city council. There are many high-rank officials and their assistants who may use it at any given time. The city council does not own any vehicles of this kind.»

«We compiled all the information we could regarding requirements the car should comply with. We looked at it in depth and discussed different options. I did not decide anything alone. The entire process was handled by the budget committee. They are the ones who ask questions. The whole process moves only once everything has been thoroughly discussed. It is not as simple as assuming that Arajs decides to buy a Phaeton using the money from the city council. It is not the way things are done – it is very hardtop acquire money. This is the only car of its class in the entire municipality. There are many different objectives this car carries out. It is far more important to use it rationally. Even libraries have used it. I do not remember which ones. And it is not my business to know what they transported in it. If there is an order from the higher-ups, I do it. Everything is strict,» – said Arajs.


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  1. Peter S says:

    Disgusting! No municipality in Sweden needs or uses cars like this. Not even Stockholm which is a capital city. Get real and use the tax money sensibly instead of for flattering local bosses.

    • Linda says:

      Agreed – council officials do NOT need flashy cars. Use the money from public etc for public works not personal gratification.

  2. Ventspils says:

    oh my, oh my..

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