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Expelled toll tender participants file objections

THREE consortiums expelled from the tender to build and operate an electronic toll collection system in Slovakia are continuing their fight for a contract worth about Sk20 billion.

THREE consortiums expelled from the tender to build and operate an electronic toll collection system in Slovakia are continuing their fight for a contract worth about Sk20 billion.

The Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) has already received three complaints against expulsions from the electronic toll collection tender, announced by the National Highway Company (NDS). The complaints were submitted on May 23 and 26 by the Slovakpass consortium, by the consortium led by the Austrian company Kapsch Traffic Com, and by the Slovak-Swiss consortium ToSy.sk led by Elektrovod Holding. The ÚVO informed the SITA newswire that the public procurement law gives it thirty days to issue a decision on the complaints.

Eight bidders originally tendered to supply electronic toll collection service to the NDS. The NDS later selected five of them to bid.

The toll collection system is to be implemented in Slovakia for motor vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes on highways, dual-carriageways and some main roads covering a total length of 2,400 kilometres. The NDS plans to conclude a fourteen-year contract with the winning bidder for electronic toll collection, with a possible extension for five more years.

The selected provider is to supply the service based on the DBFOT (design, build, finance, operate and transfer) system. According to unofficial information, Slovakpass is reported to have submitted the lowest bid in the toll tender, at Sk19.006 billion, including value-added tax. Price accounts for 60-percent of the weighting among the three tender evaluation criteria.

Among other the reported tenders, ToSy.sk bid Sk19.62 billion and Kapsch Sk22.575 billion. The highest priced bid - of Sk25.67 billion - was made by the consortium which is believed to have won the tender: SanToll-Ibertax, backed by French company Sanef.

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