From the beginning of this year, Public Limited Company Tallinna Linnatransport (TLT) took over the social transport service in the capital with a connection agreement and called for a tender for the introduction of new disabled buses. VEHO AS won the tender for the new social transport buses.
“On a daily basis, there are approximately 750 requests for regular services in the capital, of which 90% are regular services for disabled people to schools, workplaces and other institutions related to daily activities, and 10% are driver services, such as trips to doctors or rehabilitation centers. Our goal is to make the social transport service more reliable and of higher quality,” said Andrei Novikov, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn.
Denis Boroditš, Chairman of the Board of TLT, said that a total of four tenderers participated in the tender for social transport vehicles. “The tender was won by VEHO AS, whose tender offer met the criteria and was the best financially. We will purchase a total of 16 minivans with disability equipment with a total cost of EUR 978,400, plus VAT,” Boroditš pointed out.
“The aim of the announced tender was to get 16 new minibuses suitable for disabled transport to the vehicle fleet on the basis of an operating lease, as a result of which we can renew almost 50% of the disabled transport bus fleet. In addition to improving the quality of the service, we can also optimize the repair and maintenance costs of the vehicle fleet,” said Deniss Boroditš, Chairman of the Board of TLT.
According to Keijo Kaasiku, CEO of VEHO AS, tenderers participated in the tender with two different types of buses which will be converted into disabled vehicles in cooperation with Silwi Autoehituse AS. “All minibuses will be equipped with a wheelchair lift and two special wheelchair spaces. Two vehicles are 9-seater M1 minibuses, and 14 vehicles are 16-seater M2 minibuses. The delivery time of the vehicles is up to 6 months,” said Kaasik.
He stressed that Sprinter minibuses have a wide range of safety and comfort accessories – such as automatic transmission, reversing camera, parking sensors, rain sensor, electric windshield heating, crosswind assist, lane-keeping assistant, etc.
Boroditš added that in the coming months, TLT would also carry out a training program prepared with the help of German experts, which would help improve the quality of transport services for people with disabilities and special needs and help drivers feel more competent in the job.