Hungary's long-distance bus company group Volán has called a new tender to supply buses worth Ft 9 billion after the Public Procurement Arbitration Board (KDB) rejected a previous tender on Monday.
The KDB annulled the tender after participants complained that the technical specifications of the tender were too strict regarding the length of the buses, and excluded offers for low-floor buses, even though Hungary will be soon required to phase out buses with higher floors under EU laws protecting the equal rights of people with disabilities. They also complained that the Ft 400,000 tender documentation fee was extraordinarily high, considering the tender was the same, apart from a few technical details, as one called earlier.
KDB found the complaints well founded and ordered Autóbusz-Invest, a unit of the State Privatization and Holding (ÁPV) Rt, which is organizing the tender, to call a new offer for the buses. In the new offer, Autóbusz-Invest is specifying a broader range for the dimensions of the buses.