LOCSU loses out on DVLA tender

5 February 2014

The LOC Support Unit (LOCSU) regrets to announce that its bid on behalf of the majority of the sector to be the Prime Contractor for the Provision of Vision Testing Services for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has been unsuccessful. 

LOCSU, with the support of Optometry Scotland, Optometry Wales and the Optical Confederation, submitted a highly competitive bid in response to the tender advertised by the DVLA which was based on delivering a managed network of optical practices and optometrists across England, Scotland and Wales.
Alan Tinger, LOCSU Chairman said “I and everyone associated with the bid are extremely disappointed with the outcome.  The objective of our bid was to retain the management and delivery of this significant service, which operates across three nations, within our professions delivering high quality at an affordable fee.”
Mr Tinger added “Over 2000 practices had expressed an interest in getting involved in the service, ranging from part-time independent practices to large multiples. This demonstrates how much colleagues across the sector felt that it was important for the sector as a whole to bid.”
“The LOCSU team that worked on the bid included an experienced Project Manager with a wealth of procurement experience and we were confident that our service delivery model had a very good chance of success.”
The legislation provides for a ten day cooling off period before the contract with the winning bidder can be signed.  This period will conclude at midnight at the end of 10th February 2014.  LOCSU is exploring whether there is a legal basis upon which to challenge the outcome. 
Media enquiries
Katrina Venerus, Manager Director, LOCSU at katrinavenerus@locsu.co.uk or call 07769 682681.

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