Framework Agreement for the Provision of Local Bus Mainstream Home to School and Curriculum Transport Services

Framework Agreement for the Provision of Local Bus Mainstream Home to School and Curriculum Transport Services

A framework agreement will be established to appoint suitable operators of passenger carrying vehicles for the provision of local bus, mainstream home to school and curriculum transport, utilising vehicles with a range of capacities between 4 and 80 seats.

UK-Nottingham: special-purpose road passenger-transport services

2012/S 18-029133

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Nottinghamshire County Council
2nd Floor, County Hall, West Bridgford
For the attention of: Corporate Procurement
NG2 7QP Nottingham
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: corporate.procurement@nottscc.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://uk.eu-supply.com/nottscc.asp

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public services
Public order and safety
Environment
Economic and financial affairs
Social protection
Recreation, culture and religion
Education
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

C370.12 – Framework Agreement for the Provision of Local Bus Mainstream Home to School and Curriculum Transport Services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 2: Land transport services [2], including armoured car services, and courier services, except transport of mail
NUTS code UKF

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 150
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 1
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 10 000 000,00 and 20 000 000,00 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

A framework agreement will be established to appoint suitable operators of passenger carrying vehicles for the provision of local bus, mainstream home to school and curriculum transport, utilising vehicles with a range of capacities between 4 and 80 seats. The services will include registered local bus, dedicated home to school, school to leisure facilities and inter school services and will convey a wide range of users to locations in the County and into neighbouring Counties.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60130000, 60140000, 60170000, 60172000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The framework agreement will be used to secure the provision of the County Council’s local bus, mainstream home to school and curriculum transport services. This will relate to approximately 100 to 150 contracts for the duration of the agreement, let for periods of up to 5 years.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Authority reserves the right to stipulate the provision of a performance bond (from a bank or insurance company approved by the Council) for the sum equal to 10 % of the estimated annual value of the contract awarded or a parental company guarantee. Please see tender documents for further information.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Tender pricing must be in pounds stirling (GBP) and payments under this contract will be in GBP.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Joint and several liability. In the event of a consortium bid then one member of the consortium must be identified as the lead and the main contractor who will accept responsibility for all the obligations of the consortium members.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Participants will be required to complete all questions within the Form of Tender. Part 1 will be for information purposes and Part 2 will be evaluated, with all questions carrying an equal weighting and Service Providers who are not able to confirm a positive response to questions will NOT be eligible to join the Framework Agreement.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Suppliers will be required to complete details and confirm if they hold the relevant levels of vehicle insurance, employer liability insurance, public liability insurance and medical negligence/malpractice insurance within the form of tender.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Minimal levels of insurance are as follows: Employers liability insurance 10 000 000 GBP or greater, covering any liability for any one claim arrising under the contract. Public liability insurance 5 000 000 GBP or greater covering any liability for any one claim arrising under the contract. Vehicle insurance 5 000 000 GBP or greater covering any liability for any one claim arrising under the contract.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

Lowest price
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

C370.12
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Notice on a buyer profile

Notice number in the OJEU: 2010/S 243-371758 of 15.12.2010

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

5.3.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 5.3.2012 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

To receive more information about this tender, including any amendments and/or clarifications and to request any clarifications and/or to respond to this tender, you must register your interest to this tender on the following site: https://uk.eu-supply.com/nottscc.asp.

The contracting Authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SME’s). However, any selection of tenders will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the lowest price.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of contract is comunicated to Tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful Tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have two working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minumum of 3 working days before expiry of the standstill period. Such information should be required from the address stated in Section I.1.2 If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No.5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into, the Court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

25.1.2012