Special needs transport set to go green

By on 11/02/2010 in News

Birmingham's electric vehicle revolution could extend to special needs home to school transport if a new contract is approved by Cabinet on February 15.

The preferred bid, put forward to the city council by West Midlands Special Needs Transport, offers an option for 10 of the 105 vehicles required on the contract to be electrically-powered.

Calthorpe School and Specialist Sports College, Victoria School and Wilson Stuart School are covered by the proposed deal, which would offer an early boost to the Birmingham Declaration - the seven point “quick win” plan approved by councillors last year as a way of bringing about positive environmental change.

Two of the key aims of the declaration are to have at least 500 green vehicles on the city's streets in the next five years and to ensure that every vehicle bought or contracted by the city council is green from 2015 onwards.

Cllr Les Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Whenever we need to renew contract for any aspect of our services, we need to ensure that we get the best quality product for the best value possible.

“The bid put forward by West Midlands Special Needs Transport meets the strict criteria we have for our dedicated home to school services, which are crucial in enabling pupils to access their education.

“What is particularly pleasing is the pledge by the preferred bidder to use a fleet of vehicles of which almost ten percent will be electrically-powered - if transport across the city followed this lead, the environmental and business benefits for Birmingham would be immense.”

Due to procurement rules on commercial confidentiality, details of the financial terms of the proposed seven-year contract, which would begin on April 1, cannot be made available until a final decision is taken by Cabinet.

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For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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