Continuous breakdowns, bad service and a lack of spare parts keep vehicles worth 91.6 million euros immobilized.
O Municipalityentered into a contract for the supply 400 in…. capital in 2018, with his transport company Bucharest (STB) to be the beneficiary of this value purchase 91.6 million euros without including o VAT. However, we should point out that this specific market was investigated by the DNA (National Transparency Authority of Romania) for bribery and exercising undue influence.
THE thought presented the latest information about the delays in bus maintenance Otokar, but also the fines that the company must pay to Turkey Because of this. And that’s why the “goods” – in this case the buses used by the people of Bucharest – it is very poor quality.
The company Otokar from Turkey bound himself, by this contract, to supply to municipality, within 17 months of signing, 3 types 400 buses:
320 Otokar brand buses, model KENT LF 12 m
50 Otokar brand buses, model KENT LF 10,50 m
30 Otokar brand buses, 18 m model KENT LF ARTICULATED (articulated)
THE Otokar is a company owned by Turkish group KOCa group which, according to information received by Gandul , also has military interests in Romania, working with her Automecanica Mediaș for the production military vehicles.
The guarantee offered by the Otokar company for the 400 buses
The 400 Otokar buses were delivered, according to the contract, and began to circulate in Bucharest. Of course, it was also necessary to ensure the maintenance of these buses, obliging the company Otokar to bear these costs, during the warranty period of the buses.
The company Otokar has been bound, by contract, to offer a guarantee 240.000 km or at least 4 years (full guarantee) from the date of commissioning of the buses, ensuring at the same time some “consumables” which include Paint, Antifreeze, Filters, Batteries, Tires (160,000 km) and Light Bulbs.
The Turkish company Otokar is also contractually bound to provide extended warranty for at least 4 years or 240,000 km in the corresponding operating interval from 5th year until the 8th year inclusive or mileage up to 480.000 km for the bus as a whole and all its components.
At the same time, the company Otokar has the obligation – during the warranty period – to appoint a person responsible “for the activity service”, responsible for “coordination and optimization of activity” and recommend “service agent”.
The subcontractor Otokar received authorization from RAR on October 31, 2018.
The maintenance of these buses Otokar which circulate in Bucharest provided by a subcontractor of the company from Turkey, the Happy Garage SRLa company in on the brink of bankruptcywhich is managed by someone who is known for party who organizes!
Upon request thought the Romanian Car Registry (RAR) broadcast, exclusively, that the Happy Garage SRLthe company that ensures the maintenance of the buses Otokar – a subcontractor company of the Turkish company -, received permission “to carry out repairs buses starting from 31 October 2018″.
According to the information received by thought there are problems regarding bus maintenance Otokar and, in order to answer the existing questions, information was requested from the Bucharest City Hall, the Bucharest Transport Society (STB), but also from Otokar’s branch in Romania, Otokar Europe, based in Bucharest.
In response to her request thought its representatives STB they said they were delays regarding the repair of vehicles, during the period warranty.
According to them, defect repair within the warranty period was carried out without penalties for a maximum period of time 24 hours (for operations that did not require disassembly of aggregates/equipment) and maximum interval 48 hours (for interventions that required the dismantling of inert materials / equipment), from the writing of the sent notification.
At the same time, STB communicated in time which were the deficiencies recorded in ensuring bus maintenance Otokar circulating in Bucharest.
THE STB SA observed and recorded deficiencies in relation to maintenance provided by Otokar, repeating similar defects, in a narrow span of days. Another disadvantage is the low quality of the spare parts exchanged during the warranty period.
On a monthly basis, STB SA informs her PMB – Directorate of Transport for the number and nature of faults recorded in the previous month. According to the information sent to PMB, the categories with the most reported defects are shown:
In electrical installation (2601 defects reported).
In the system opening-closing of the door (2102 defects reported).
In the OBD system and the warning lights of the vehicle (1718 defects reported).
In the system posting and steering (1658 defects were reported).
In the system air conditioning (1644 defects reported)’.
On the days defects were found, they were reported by the STB to the PMB: “Their total cost was 126,189 euros (630,945 lei).
At his request thought Bucharest City Hall, through the Press Office, reported that – regarding the maintenance of Otokar buses – “the recorded delays are penalized in accordance with the contractual provisions”.
STB General Manager: “We found that a large part of Otokar vehicles have problems”
THE Adrian Crit – its general manager STB – stated, during the show “Cu Gândul la București” that “a large part of Otokar vehicles he’s got problems”, although the supplier – the Turkish company – had the obligation to do all the repairs during the period warranty.
“It is true, and I admit it, that there are some problems from technical side and maintenance. It is true that there were vehicles that were not functional. Considering the situation in general, we found that a large part of the Otokar vehicles they have problems, even if it was his obligation supplier of the vehicle to do all of them repairs during the period warranty.
And here, entering into the contractual clauses, there are some systematic defectswhich, unfortunately, have not been fixed from the supplier,” said Adrian Crit – general manager of STB – during the show “Cu Gândul la Bucharest”.
Compensation 400 euros per day
For their part, its representatives PMB confirmed the information sent by STB in Gandul. The penalties that will be borne by the company Otokar – for the period December 2018 – June 2022) amounts to 400 euros the day.
The total number of days attributed to Otokar, reported at Bucharest City Hall, between December 2018 and June 2022, is 315 days so the compensation to be paid by Otokar amounts to over 126,000 euros.
Otokar’s buses are of very poor quality and service is difficult according to Gandul, but the Turkish carmaker’s subsidiary has not responded to the newspaper’s queries…
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