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Kapsch TrafficCom as Only Bidder in Slovenia.

Published: July 8, 2013; 12:08 · (Vindobona)

Slovenia has cancelled the tender for the construction of an electronic toll system for trucks.

Kapsch TrafficCom as Only Bidder in Slovenia. / Picture: © Kapsch AG

The tender for the construction of an electronic toll system, where Kapsch TrafficCom has participated as the only bidder, was canceled last week by the public control commission. This was the second cancellation in three years. During a press conference in Ljubljana, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom Erwin Toplak expressed his disappointment and astonishment over the decision.

The control commission, which received two applications for review before the expiry of the tender, found fault with the planned financing model where public highway operator DARS had to pay for the construction and operation of the toll system by installments at a ten-year maturity. Furthermore, the demanded insurances were considered as too strict.

From the company’s point of view it was incomprehensible that the tender was stopped even though the operator would take over all risks and finance the project in a time frame of ten years. According to the company, Kapsch is able to offer both. Toplak does not consider the conditions for financing and insurance to be uncommon with similar tenders elsewhere.

He announced that Kapsch TrafficCom will investigate in this matter from a legal point of view. However, it is a fact that the Austrian company’s hands are tied since there are no possibilities of an appeal against the decision of the public control commission.

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