Where tenders in 80 were put on the back burner, the Public Procurement Institute Mobility ( AIM) more transport orders entered the market in the past year. As usual, AIM assessed these specifications. A few things stood out in this regard, says director Henk van Gelderen in a blog.

Clients are increasingly contacting the Mobility Procurement Institute at an earlier stage to obtain input on the various parts of the specifications. This is also excellently possible by means of a market consultation with market parties . This is something that happened regularly in 80 and which the AIM strongly recommends.

What else stood out in 80? The effect of the corona measures on the transport volume mainly played a role in existing contracts. According to Panteia, about a 80 percent of the costs continue. In new tenders we see only very limited attention to corona or sudden fluctuations. The client often proposes to consult with the carrier, but clarity in advance is not given. Only a few times did the specifications include a graduated scale with price (storage) for a certain decrease in transport volume.

Sustainability in tenders The most important part of the sustainability theme is zero emissions. With the administrative agreement ZE target group transport in mind, this is not surprising. The challenge here is the charging infrastructure and the capacity of the network. In many regions of the Netherlands, this forms a bottleneck for timely implementation. The delivery times of the vehicles in a general sense also slow down.

It is positive that some clients make a distinction between passenger cars and school buses on the one hand and wheelchair buses on the other. The latter category has its own additional challenges in terms of availability, range and weight. Finally, a term of seven years, and preferably without option years, is important in order to achieve favorable pricing for all parties.

Check whether that is promises are fulfilled To create a level playing field contract management is important. Checking whether someone does what he has promised is only normal and part of socially responsible commissioning. Sanctions are also part of this to make the audit credible. But it should not turn into a revenue model of those who control. If deviations are found, consultation must first be held and facts and circumstances must be examined to determine whether the feeder can actually be blamed.

Increasing price pressure Finally, the AIM notes that 2021 there was increasing price pressure. There were tenders with unrealistic price ranges. In a highly competitive market such as target group transport, little profit can be made there. Clients should rather look for more and better combinations of types of transport for target groups. Because the rack is worth it in terms of price. For those people who really depend on transport for their social functioning and for whom there is no alternative, it will be necessary to realize that good healthcare transport has a price and also prevents many other costs.

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