The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland Police and North East Ambulance Service have taken part in a tendering process.
The process was for a contract to provide an Accident Repair Service for a four year period starting on 1 August 2017.
The tender was divided into lots per location. The lots gave local suppliers in each organisation’s area the opportunity to bid for business and an optional combined lot for all organisations. The lots were as follows:
Lot 1 – Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue & Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue.
Lot 2 – Durham Constabulary & Durham Fire & Rescue.
Lot 3 – Cleveland Police & Cleveland Fire & Rescue.
Lot 4 – North East Ambulance Service.
Lot 5 – Entire North East Region covering all participating organisations.
For the purpose of Lot 5, this lot would only be considered if there was a significant benefit to all organisations. This was compared to the benefits of separate lots.
Tenders have been assessed by an evaluation panel of fleet and procurement representatives from Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland Police Forces and the North East Ambulance Services. Tenders were assessed on the basis of 40% price (labour costs) and 60% quality.
In addition the Quality assessment covered a number of pass/fail requirements. These included security of premises, capacity of the contractors recovery fleet and the requirement to be accredited for damage repair and recovery/breakdowns.
Following the evaluation process Bidder 1 was the only organisation that could demonstrate that they could meet all of the requirements. It was awarded the contract under Lot 5.