Prepare an honest and transparent toll competition, calls the head of ÚVO

The Chairman of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), Miroslav Hlivák, considers it crucial that the state focus on preparing a new, fair and transparent competition for the toll system.

“I also perceive the strike of road hauliers as a consequence of the approach to loading with public resources in the past, “said Hlivák in an opinion which on Monday, the spokesperson of the ÚVO, Janka Zvončeková, provided the SITA agency.

On the situation with the toll tender in the past, the chairman of the office, according to him words is difficult, as the whole competition took place before his entry into functions and the office is no longer staffed by staff who then held documents judged.

“However, I can influence the current situation and therefore consider it responsible to draw attention to the fact that it is still time to prepare for the honor and a transparent public tender for a toll system, “said Hlivák.

The Office will provide assistance

“The Authority is ready to provide methodological guidance in this regard, assess the tender documents before announcing the tender. We are ready to do its utmost for the public interest within our competences, “ Hlivák remarked. According to him, the Office has already communicated in this matter with the announcer of the competition – the National Highway Company, a. s. (NDS).

According to the President, the information obtained at the Office shows that in the past, the Office assessed only the submitted objections in the case of a toll tender against specific facts in a given public procurement. The Office is doing so did not start, resp. did not carry out a comprehensive control of the contracting authority’s conduct in this case. “Based on the facts, I can’t refute them the claim that the Office would have acted differently under my direction than it had in the past, that is, at a time when he had competence to intervene in the case and assess the lawfulness of all the facts, that is to say, to initiate control of the competition in question, ‘ added Hlivák.

The NDS sent a questionnaire

The National Motorway Company, as (NDS) has already informed that preparatory market consultations for the tender for a comprehensive charging system motorways, expressways and roads will end on 17 January. It will work o a unified system for electronic toll collection and electronic payment highway signs. Until then, the professional and lay public can fill it in questionnaire with 49 questions. Preparatory market consultations launched by NDS On 21 December 2019, sending a questionnaire to dozens of companies and professional organizations.

The NDS will address various authorities

“NDS is already working on more than one to prepare a new charging competition year. Suggestions from the preparatory market consultations of the NDS by the end of January incorporated into the feasibility study. He shall then submit this to the Department value for money (ÚHP) of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, “said a spokeswoman for the NDS Michaela Michalová. Immediately after evaluation by the Value for Money Department highways will complete the tender documents for public procurement, which send to the Public Procurement Office. “New tender for a comprehensive the charging system shall be declared by the NDS immediately after the receipt of the documents by the party ÚVO and the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic, “said Michalová.

In preparing the documents for the new tender, NDS relied on experience from the operation of the toll system so far, and electronic highway signs to ensure comfortable serving the motoring public with the highest possible efficiency of the public resources.

“We are also setting up a new competition in line with the objectives of the European Union so that it is compatible for the new method of toll collection planned throughout EU since 2028. The NDS is also negotiating with the toll system operator on improving the terms of the contract in favor of NDS, “added Michalová.

The Chairman of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), Miroslav Hlivák, considers it crucial that the state focus on preparing a new, fair and transparent competition for the toll system.

“I also perceive the strike of road hauliers as a consequence of the approach to loading with public resources in the past, “said Hlivák in an opinion which on Monday, the spokesperson of the ÚVO, Janka Zvončeková, provided the SITA agency.

On the situation with the toll tender in the past, the chairman of the office, according to him words is difficult, as the whole competition took place before his entry into functions and the office is no longer staffed by staff who then held documents judged.

“However, I can influence the current situation and therefore consider it responsible to draw attention to the fact that it is still time to prepare for the honor and a transparent public tender for a toll system, “said Hlivák.

The Office will provide assistance

“The Authority is ready to provide methodological guidance in this regard, assess the tender documents before announcing the tender. We are ready to do its utmost for the public interest within our competences, “ Hlivák remarked. According to him, the Office has already communicated in this matter with the announcer of the competition – the National Highway Company, a. s. (NDS).

According to the President, the information obtained at the Office shows that in the past, the Office assessed only the submitted objections in the case of a toll tender against specific facts in a given public procurement. The Office is doing so did not start, resp. did not carry out a comprehensive control of the contracting authority’s conduct in this case. “Based on the facts, I can’t refute them the claim that the Office would have acted differently under my direction than it had in the past, that is, at a time when he had competence to intervene in the case and assess the lawfulness of all the facts, that is to say, to initiate control of the competition in question, ‘ added Hlivák.

The NDS sent a questionnaire

The National Motorway Company, as (NDS) has already informed that preparatory market consultations for the tender for a comprehensive charging system motorways, expressways and roads will end on 17 January. It will work o a unified system for electronic toll collection and electronic payment highway signs. Until then, the professional and lay public can fill it in questionnaire with 49 questions. Preparatory market consultations launched by NDS On 21 December 2019, sending a questionnaire to dozens of companies and professional organizations.

The NDS will address various authorities

“NDS is already working on more than one to prepare a new charging competition year. Suggestions from the preparatory market consultations of the NDS by the end of January incorporated into the feasibility study. He shall then submit this to the Department value for money (ÚHP) of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, “said a spokeswoman for the NDS Michaela Michalová. Immediately after evaluation by the Value for Money Department highways will complete the tender documents for public procurement, which send to the Public Procurement Office. “New tender for a comprehensive the charging system shall be declared by the NDS immediately after the receipt of the documents by the party ÚVO and the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic, “said Michalová.

In preparing the documents for the new tender, NDS relied on experience from the operation of the toll system so far, and electronic highway signs to ensure comfortable serving the motoring public with the highest possible efficiency of the public resources.

“We are also setting up a new competition in line with the objectives of the European Union so that it is compatible for the new method of toll collection planned throughout EU since 2028. The NDS is also negotiating with the toll system operator on improving the terms of the contract in favor of NDS, “added Michalová.