|May. 1, 2015|
OMCA responds to AMP system proposal
OMCA has expressed concern on behalf of coach operators regarding the proposal of an online Administrative Monetary Penalty system. OMCA President Doug Switzer recently addressed the POA-AMP Consultation at the Ministry of the Attorney General citing the concerns of the motor coach industry. These concerns include impact on safety rating systems (specifically CVOR); the complexity of charges laid against commercials operators compared with personal automobile operators; and a decline in, or elimination of, the fairness and accountability found in the current established systems.
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OECM posting notice for Coach and Bus Transportation Services: Request For Proposal (RFP) #2015-231
The Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (OECM) invites prospective suppliers to submit a proposal for Coach & Bus Transportation Services RFP. Through the RFP process, a certain number of suppliers will be qualified to enter into an agreement for one (1) or both the following two (2) categories:
• Category A – Coach Transportation Services; and/or
• Category B – Bus Transportation Services.
OECM clients consist of publicly assisted School Boards, Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, Universities and potentially other public sector entities.
The RFP documents have been posted on Merx™ on April 23, 2015 and are currently available via the following link: Merx™
Subscribers to Merx™ and Biddingo may download the RFP documents free of charge. A proponent information session, which may help suppliers to enhance their understanding of the RFP, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on May 6, 2015 via teleconference and/or webinar. A proponent wishing to participate should register, noting its full legal name and representatives' names by emailing the RFP Coordinator prior to 11:00 a.m. on May 6, 2015. Access information will be emailed to all registered proponents.
Suppliers are also encouraged to review all RFP documents thoroughly and submit any questions to the RFP Coordinator by 5:00 p.m. on May 6, 2015.
For further information, contact the OECM RFP Coordinator — Zakir Shaikh, Business Analyst, at: email@example.comMore
Comment on the OECM RFP Notice
In regard to the OECM RFP notice above, OMCA contacted OECM to get more information regarding OECM and the current RFP for coach and bus transportation services. Our understanding is that OECM acts as a resource to broader public sector agencies, including school boards, colleges, universities, etc. They pre-competitively-select suppliers of all sorts for these "clients" who then can use their "marketplace" when looking for a service.
The advantage for a school board, etc, is that: a) if they have no idea about how or where to go to find a qualified coach operator or how to choose between operators, it provides them with pre-screened options to choose from, and b) those choices are all selected in a way that is compliant with the competitive bidding process required by the Ontario government. It's a Broader Public Sector version of Angie's List, or any of the other consumer websites that screen, review and recommend suppliers.
We understand that the schools are not mandated to use this service, and coach operators don't have to respond, but it is a quick and easy way for schools and school boards to select suppliers, and many of them will use this, so it's to an operator's advantage to respond to the RFP.More
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