A report released by the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) yesterday accuses the Transport Bureau (DSAT) of tampering with the procedure of open tendering in the outsourcing of public car parks management services, as well as the bureau’s “defective” internal monitoring mechanism.
According to the hard-hitting report, DSAT officials have been splitting the cost of public car park management services below 750,000 patacas and limiting the duration of the respective service contracts to under six months in order to avoid having to sign statutory “operation agreements”, and also to evade the legal procedure of open tendering.
Decree Law No. 122/84/M stipulates that projects costing more than 750,000 patacas and lasting six months or more need to be put out to public tender, and a statutory operation agreement must be signed.
Having evaded the procedure of open tendering in the outsourcing of public car park management services, the bureau granted “short-term management service contracts” to several management companies, which in turn received a fee for their service.
According to the report, 341 short-term management service contracts have been signed for 39 out of 46 public car parks since 2003.
The report also says that the bureau has bypassed the procedure of price enquiries when purchasing equipment or repair services for public car parks, and has granted the projects directly to the same management companies.