Acting director of the BMTA, Yuk Charuphum signed the order to blacklist Bestlin Group following the authority’s legal committee concluding the company had abandoned an earlier acquisition deal and severely delayed the agency’s efforts to purchase 489 NGV buses. The company will not be allowed to take part in the new auction for additional buses.
The order has been forwarded to the Ministry of Transport, which will notify the Central Budget Bureau, and to Bestlin Group, which may seek to appeal against the decision.
BMTA President Nuttachart Charujinda made known the authority’s board is hoping to finalize a new TOR for the bus purchases within the next two months.
However, President of the BMTA Worker’s Union, Weerapong Wongwaen indicated he will soon meet with the BMTA board to propose it rents 1,000 buses to replace the aging fleet while the acquisition is being carried out. The union is to voice concerns over the near year long time-frame of the acquisition and its impact on public transport.