Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive
Section I: Contracting Change
I.1) Name and addresses
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to the abovementioned address
I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5) Main activity
General public services
Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
Future Theory Test Service: Test Engine and Test Content Management
Reference number: K280020853
II.1.2) Main CPV code
II.1.3) Type of contract
II.1.4) Short description
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), an executive agency of the Department for Transport, is acting in its capacity as procurement agent on behalf of the secretary of state for transport to appoint a supplier for the provision of a Test Engine and Test Content Management (TETCM) system across Great Britain and Northern Ireland as part of the Future Theory Test Service (FTTS). The contract is also for the benefit of the driver and vehicle agency (an executive agency of the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure) (‘DVA’) where indicated. The TETCM system will provide software to enable development (test content management) and delivery (test engine) of test content by DVSA. This system will enable DVSA to author and manage the test content which will be used by regional test centres (the ‘TCN’ providers) and in-house theory test centres (other partners) to deliver the tests to candidates across the UK and Northern Ireland.
II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots:
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3) Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
The Future Theory Test Service (FTTS) project supports DVSA's 2017-2022 strategy which has a stated aim to help people stay safe on Britain's roads, and is aligned with the ‘helping you through a lifetime of safe driving’ theme. In the longer term, the proposed changes will enable DVSA to transform the effectiveness of learning and assessment interventions and improve the road safety benefit of its services.
The contract is for an implementation period followed by 4 years and renewal options of up to 12 months. Over the life of the contract options will be considered for services including consultancy, online proctoring and test innovations.
The software and related services may be used by DVSA to develop and deliver other content and tests as required from time to time.
The value range is 20 000 000 GBP to 33 000 000 GBP which is further explained in the procurement documents. These values are provided to give potential suppliers an indication of a contract value only.
Potential suppliers should note that DVSA has also released an OJEU Notice to procure a test centre network, which is a separate but related capability for FTTS.
DVSA consider that if a potential supplier intends to bid for both the TCN procurement and this procurement that it has a potential conflict of interest given both procurements are running at the same time and the solution of the TETCM procurement is relevant to the TCN procurement. Potential suppliers are therefore required to follow the conflict of interest procedures outlined in the procurement documents for both procurements.
Please refer to the procurement documents for a detailed description of the needs and requirements.
II.2.5) Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 77
This contract is subject to renewal: No
II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 5
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted:
II.2.11) Information about options
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds:
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1) Conditions for participation
III.1.2) Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3) Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2) Conditions related to the contract
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement:
IV.2) Administrative information
IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S:
IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3) Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted
IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1) Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement:
VI.2) Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3) Additional information
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.To participate in this procurement candidates must send an expression of interest to: https://dft.delta- esourcing.com .All correspondence and expressions of interest relating to this procurement must be made through this system. DVSA expressly reserves the right:
(i) not to award any or the whole contract as a result of the procurement process related to the publication of this notice; and
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement;
(iii) to procure some or all of their needs and requirements covered by this notice outside of this procurement exercise and resulting agreement.
In no circumstances will DVSA be liable for any costs or losses incurred by the candidates. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of the candidate.
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GO Reference: GO-20191031-PRO-15526101
VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
The Axis Building, 3rd Floor, 112 Upper Parliament Street
VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:
In accordance with Regulation 86 and 87 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, DVSA has incorporated a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period prior to contract award.
Bidders have the right to appeal provided for within the Public Contract Regulations 2015. Any such proceedings must be brought before the High Court of England and Wales.
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice