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Road maintenance tender participants must have GPS-equipped equipment

The companies putting in offers at road maintenance tenders held by the National Company of Motorways and National Roads in Romania (CNADNR) must equip their equipment with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the matching software allowing the registration of the route travelled and the length of time, the ‘Romania Libera’ daily newspaper reports. The measure is means to restrict a practice that has filled for years the pockets of asphalters, who are also involved in snow clearing operations.

Maintenance companies are paid even if their equipment lies idle in company substations waiting for road intervention calls. To fix this situation, the CNADNR introduced in 2012-2014 contracts a stipulation saying that only up to eight hours of equipment stationing will be paid for each 72 hour stationing of equipment lying idle in substations.

According to recent tender announcements, CNADNR will put out to tender this coming February four road maintenance contracts estimated at RON 875.55 M, (EUR 204 M) exclusive of VAT, along Bucharest, Cluj, Craiova and Brasov-bound roads, 8,700 km, of the overall 15,000 for which CNADNR is willing to pay EUR 351 M over the next two years.

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