Bunting says winning bidder for police cars did not meet criteria
Opposition spokesman on national security Peter Bunting, is insisting the tender process for the procurement of used vehicles for the police force was flawed as the eventual winner did not meet the set criteria.
This afternoon, he told parliamentarians in the House of Representatives that the contract was awarded to a bidder who did not meet the mandatory specifications outlined in the tender.
Bunting noted that the national security minister, Robert Montague, had said he was aiming to buy four used vehicles for the price of a new one.
However, he said the vehicles were purchased at 77 per cent of market value, which meant the Government was getting one and a quarter used vehicle for the price of a new vehicle.
He questioned why the national security ministry proceeded with the purchase.
Bunting also noted that one of the mandatory requirements of the tender was that the contractor should not supply vehicles with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
However, Bunting said the Toyota Axio vehicles supplied by the auto dealer have been manufactured with a CVT since 2006.
Montague said he would need to have the matter researched before responding.
However, he took issue with Bunting describing the process as flawed.
He said Bunting was using the Parliament to question the professionalism of the National Contracts Commission.
Speaker of the House, Pearnel Charles, demanded that Bunting apologise.
However, Bunting insisted he was not pointing fingers at individuals, but at the process.