Public Procurement of Winter Road Maintenance Services Based on EU Procurement Directive – Lessons from Sweden
Journal of Investment and Management
Volume 2, Issue 4, August 2013, Pages: 70-86
Received: Aug. 27, 2013;
Published: Oct. 20, 2013
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Adel Abdi, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Department of Transport Science, Division of Highway and Railway Engineering, Stockholm, Sweden
Hans Lind, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management, Division of Building and Real Estate Economics, Stockholm, Sweden
Björn Birgisson, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Department of Transport Science, Division of Highway and Railway Engineering, Stockholm, Sweden
Public procurement of road maintenance services, particularly in cold regions is not an easy task in order to satisfy road-users during winter. Road-users’ dissatisfaction, complaint and pressure can usually be considered as major factors for having more accessible and safe roads during winter. These pressures have contributed and led to an increasing critical approach focusing on public procurement of these services after some harsh winters in the recent years in Sweden with traffic disruption and delay as consequence i.e. an increasing focus on the way in which the Swedish state authorities and local governments procure winter road maintenance services. The present study which is part of a larger research project investigating efficient winter road maintenance through procurement, tendering and contract aimed at extending this knowledge base with regard to procurement and socioeconomic factors with focus on the winter maintenance of the Swedish road network. The study reveals that even the Swedish winter road maintenance services are procured and outsourced in accordance with EU directive and public procurement rules transposed into the Swedish act on public procurement, the act has been interpreted in a manner that all the process has led to great dissatisfaction of end-users during winter due to improper bundling of winter related services. The lack of economic motivation in current contracts concerning winter road maintenance in the form of incentives has led to an inefficient performance of winter road measures. The study suggests a number of proposals in order to make forthcoming contracts more effective through proper bundling of winter services and create incentives for contractors to improve the performance of winter road maintenance services.
Public Procurement of Winter Road Maintenance Services Based on EU Procurement Directive – Lessons from Sweden, Journal of Investment and Management.
Vol. 2, No. 4,
2013, pp. 70-86.
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