“Contractual Dispute” With Company Over Buses

June 29, 2016

The Ministry of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities confirmed they had a “contractual dispute” with a Belgian company over buses they ordered, and said that in 2015 a settlement was reached and concluded the dispute over payment for buses already delivered, however “disputes continued” regarding new buses ordered, and the Ministry is currently undertaking a review of all accounting on the bus contracts.

A spokesperson said, “A number of queries have been received by the Ministry of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities in respect of media speculation on the details of contracts for the delivery of buses.

“The Ministry has had a longstanding contractual relationship with a Belgian company for the supply of public transportation buses. The Belgian company is a small management company that outsources all of its manufacturing retainers to subcontractors.

“The Ministry became engaged in a contractual dispute with the Belgian company relating to the supply, delivery and payment for buses that the Ministry had ordered.

“In April 2015, a settlement agreement was reached between the Ministry and the bus supplier that called for the delivery of 4 new buses and concluded the dispute regarding payment for buses already delivered. However, disputes continued regarding supply, delivery, and payment for the new buses ordered.

“The Ministry is currently undertaking a review of all accounting on the bus contracts and it is premature to comment because the review is ongoing. At this time, the review has not revealed any missing public funds.

“Government cannot prejudice its position in relation to potential litigation to enforce its rights against the Belgian supplier and will not comment on matters that may be subject to adjudication in the courts. ”

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  1. In other words, we got F!@#ed AGAIN.

    • jt says:

      In other words the PLP jumped the gun again and in all likelihood will be corrected. Again.

  2. Family Man says:

    The funds are related to that 10% “finders fee”.

  3. Its me again says:

    Seems ligit…

  4. OBSERVER says:

    These occurrences are deliberate and, once again, designed to squash Bermudians.These people have a negative agenda for Bermudians.
    BERMUDIANS…are you aware??!

    • Meh. says:

      Do you just copy and paste the same comment into every article?

  5. Paul Revere says:

    Wait for it, wait for it, cause I know it’s coming..

    Let’s do the math, Bus order 2015, so a year or so ago give or take a month or two.

    OBA in power and I believe Shaun Crockwell was the Minister at time or order.

    Let’s see how the OBAers spin this uno the PLP.

    One thing for sure, they have yet to own up to anything negative, and they can’t do any wrong.

    What’s that age old saying, if it’s good enough for the goose, must be good enough for the gander.

    • Zoab Yob says:

      Paul, I’m guessing that you didn’t hear the Ministers very honest and forthright explanation. His only reference to the PLP was to establish that the PLP had previously conducted business with the same company that the OBA had engaged to buy 4 new busses via.

      If only the Opposition would stop its attempt to attack every word and every action of Minister Fahy,they may hear the words of a very honest and capable man who has much to offer Bermuda and whose talents should be welcomed and not scorned.

      • Longtail says:

        Agreed, but it is not the Opposition that is attacking every word in this case, just the usual sheep.

      • Real Deal says:

        Do you hear yourself ? How. praytell, do you determine honesty from hearing a statement ? And in case you haven’t noticed, this Opposition is following the UBP/OBA Opposition playbook to the letter. Can’t recall you asking them to stop their attacks pre-2012. Oh, I forgot, the rules are different now.

      • Brainiac says:

        Yeah and either you’re Fahy or someone closely related because what you said doesn’t describe that pos!

    • jt says:

      This is precious. Inaccurate, but special.

    • aceboy says:

      Can you not read? The order was not done in 2015, that is when the settlement agreement was reached. The ordering was done in 2012 and 2013.

      There is no spinning going on from the OBA side, purely the PLP….and now you.

      I find it funny that the PLP are trying to pin the COH 18 million on the OBA now. We’ll see who signed those funds out of escrow. Hint…it was nobody in the OBA.

  6. William F.G Bird says:

    I think former minister Crockwell could help clarify what transpired. His steadfast integrity and good judgement are missed. While I’m here, is anybody interested in buying a bridge in St. George’s?

  7. Wayne N says:

    Zaob…listen to the words of that pompous,non-voted, arrogant and VERY disruptive individual?…..surely you jest!

    This man has a very obvious agenda which is to boost his already overly inflated EGO because everywhere he goes he causes problems. Why does the OBA continue to place this Trump-like man in the most sensitive portfolios??

  8. Wayne N says:

    Excuse the typo…predictive text

  9. Coffee says:

    The UBP/BDA/OBA signed the check , didn’t read the fine print ,and consequently lose taxpayer money owing to a flawed contract .

    That’s why the Government Trolls have gone underground …. Par for the course !

  10. Um Um says:

    Several years ago a friend made enquiries into purchasing buses from a Japanese supplier. The option, at half the cost was not considered as seats per bus were slightly less, and it meant retooling spares.

    Custom made buses are expensive, why not revisit options instead of staying entrenched in an expensive scenario?

  11. LOL says:

    @Zoab Yob.

    One thing is for sure that particular Senator will get to the bottom of it. But your second paragraph. Please all I can do is LOL. Lucifer thinks the same of himself also.

  12. Grizz says:

    And while all of this is going on, he’s having a hissy fit about where his offices are going to be!! It is all laughable…. He won’t do a better job than Crockwell! FACTS

  13. drunken ursula says:

    yeah Fahy was at Dpt last week with the PS poor soul he doesn’t have any personality at all Crockwell was much more engaging..hey Shawn I miss you, humble yourself and come back please.

    • Brainiac says:

      No Shawn! Cross the floor! Help make the peoples party(your party for most of your life)a better party! I welcome you with open arms and I’m positive many others will also!

  14. Coffee says:

    This is all very confusing ! Under which government was the $300,000 check signed ?