School Bus Procurement
Information and updates relating to the procurement of new daily bus and technology bus services.
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The current daily bus and technology bus contracts expire on 31 December 2021. These contracts service approximately 1,450 Daily Bus routes and 700 Technology routes. The last time the school bus services were tendered was in 2008.
New contracts for school bus services from Term 1, 2022 have been awarded. These contracts are for an initial term of six years with two three-year rights of renewal.
Transport providers from Term 1, 2022
How to search for individual schools
- Click on the arrow in the ‘Schools on Route’ column heading. This will bring up a search field.
- In the search field, type the School name and click on OK.
This will bring up a list of school bus routes contracted by the Ministry* that service that school and the transport service provider (TSP) for each of the routes from 2022.
* This is not a complete list of bus services at each school as it excludes Direct Resourced bus services provided by schools, transport provided by Maori Medium Schools, and Urban Public Transport services provided by Regional Authorities.
Government Electronic Tenders Service
Information on the successful suppliers is also available on GETS:
Two tender procurement approach
The procurement for Ministry provided bus services was conducted through an innovative, two tender approach between July 2020 and May 2021. This novel approach was taken to ensure opportunities for smaller, regional suppliers while ensuring fair access to government contracts for suppliers of all sizes and delivering the benefits of market competition.
Tender 1 was for approximately 10% of individual routes and allowed smaller regional suppliers to complete for routes appropriate to their capacity while supporting their local communities. Tender 2 was designed for larger transport companies and offered groups of routes.
Routes were awarded based on best public value, which means considering quality, price and broader outcomes, rather than cost alone. Broader outcomes take into account economic, cultural, environmental and social benefits that can be achieved through the procurement.
The entire procurement process was overseen by an independent Probity Auditor and reviewed, audited and assured by independent legal, procurement and transport experts.
Tender 1 contracts were awarded in December 2020 and Tender 2 contracts were awarded in May 2021.
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