What the rise of the CAV industry means for passenger transport tenders

Published19th January 2021 AuthorJohn Hudson

Increasing opportunities for passenger transport tenders

At Transport Tenders, we predict an increase in passenger transport tenders in the coming years. This is because the UK is on the cusp of a transport revolution. Self-driving vehicles are expected to be an industry that could be worth £41.7 billion by 2035.

This figure was generated by Transport Minister, Rachel Maclean. Maclean has stated this boom in the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) market could create nearly 40,000 skilled jobs. It is projected that 40% of new car sales could have self-driving capabilities. This is great news for those searching for opportunities in passenger transport tenders, naturally.

The Minister for Investment at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Lord Grimstone said:

Self-driving vehicles represent a huge economic opportunity for the UK, unlocking much needed jobs and economic growth.

“Government is backing business to realise this – driving forward the future of the UK’s automotive and technology sectors and helping us build back better.”

It’s a positive message, especially after the UK transport industry has taken such a hit in recent years. The government has already invested £200 million into the research and development of CAVs. This influx of funding is helping British start-ups develop their tech to use both in the UK and internationally. This is no surprise due to the increasing investment into IoT also.

This is good news for SMEs. Particularly as the UK government is encouraging the growth of SMEs. They’re doing this with the target of spending £1 in every £3 with SME contracts. This means that public sector businesses are actively awarding contracts to smaller businesses. It’s a great foundation that can help build stronger business relationships. The UK government is looking to reward and support the small guy. This can help you build case studies and experience that can then lead to applying for larger tenders.

The future is set to look a lot smarter and greener. With increased funding for the IoT and CAV passenger transport industry, we predict plenty of upcoming tendering opportunities. Passenger transport tenders can be found in an array of sectors within the transport industry.

There are 10 main sub-sections within passenger transport:

  • Rail
  • Aviation
  • Roads
  • Maritime
  • Driving
  • Freight
  • Public transport
  • Safety
  • Environment
  • Transport accessibility

All will no doubt be putting out tenders in the future. The rise of CAV is sure to have a positive, knock-on effect in terms of procurement opportunities.

Transport Tenders

A subscription to Transport Tenders could increase your chances of securing passenger transport tenders. With time saved and numerous opportunities found, Transport Tenders can feed seamlessly into your business development strategy. With a subscription to the portal, you receive:

  • Unlimited access to the Transport Tenders portal. Increase your chance of success.
  • A dedicated Account Manager on hand to help you will any and all passenger transport tenders.
  • A free 20-minute phone consultation. Chat to one of our team about a passenger transport tender you’re interested in. We can provide expert advice, insight and guidance to support your tendering efforts.
  • A daily email bulletin of all the logistics tenders published that day helping you stay ahead of the game.

This way, you can save your precious time and focus on the more pressing matters.

And once you’ve found an opportunity, what next? Read on to find out more.

The bidding process

Depending on the scope and requirements of the provision, several contract formats might be used. These could be:

  • DPS registers.

These often run for several years at a time and stand for Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). This could be to an ongoing need for provision – so buyers can add suppliers as soon as they’ve been approved. Alternatively, the scope could be so large that a DPS is the best way to meet demand. You can re-apply for a DPS if you’re unsuccessful on your first attempt.

  • Framework agreements.

Framework agreements are less common than DPS registers, but a similar format. Once multiple suppliers are added to the agreement, they can then bid for work as and when it arises. It has a shorter deadline than a DPS. You need to get your response sorted and submitted as soon as possible. This is because framework agreements have deadlines similar to single supplier contracts.

  • Single supplier contracts.

Single supplier contracts can be awarded to the most economically advantageous tender (MEATs). For example, if one school needs to transport a couple of students to one specific place on a regular basis and it’s not currently using council services. They’re obviously not going to need a wealth of suppliers at their disposal – just the best one will do.

The tendering process may differ from council to council. For some, it may be as simple as completing a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).

For others, there may be a pre-qualification stage that must be passed first before proceeding to an Invitation to Tender (ITT) stage. You may have to complete a PQQ as well as a pricing document and quality questions.

Transport Tenders is a time-saving tool that allows you to focus on running your business, while we source tendering opportunities, directly relevant to your service offering. It’s because we’re passionate about business growth. Every company should have the chance to succeed – and we know that Transport Tenders will fit perfectly into your business growth strategy.

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Here are some recent examples of passenger transport tenders: 

Provision of Home to School Transport between Egremont and Kendal (T5736)

Cumbria County Council- North West- Budget: Undisclosed


Local Bus Services Framework 2021

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council- Wales- Budget: £1,250,000


Provision of Special Educational Needs Transport between Millom and Barrow-in-Furness (H5142)

Cumbria County Council- North West- Budget: Undisclosed


Further Competition – PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONTRACT PPT 3959

Durham County Council- North East- Budget: £50,000,000


Replacement Bus Service

Stirling Council- Scotland- Budget: £1,316,000


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