DoI Roads Staff

Award a long term contract to the private sector to maintain and build the Islands road network and provide emergency cover.

Why the contribution is important

The roads still need repair etc and we will no doubt have emergency weather situations. Awarding a long term contract say 10 years and move the DoI staff across to say COLAS would save money on wages and pensions and also generate other significant savings in terms vehicles, fuels, deprecitation, back office staff, office accommodation and depots. Give the private sector enough time to make a decent return and they will invest. Other countries don't have road repairs and construction carried out by staff on the government payroll. Likely to be controversial this one but one capable of delivering considerable savings.

by Offshore on April 04, 2017 at 11:58AM

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  • Posted by Nedloh April 04, 2017 at 14:14

    That sounds far too good for one lucky private company. I believe there is a fair amount of contracting out that goes on already, but it is done on a project by project basis, where private businesses are asked to tender for each.
  • Posted by Manxcat April 04, 2017 at 18:38

    My impression is that the quality of road resurfacing deteriorated markedly when done by some party other than what was Department of Transport, so I am against this idea.
  • Posted by danots April 06, 2017 at 01:22

    In with Manxcat... some very poor roads out there due to third party contractors either resurfacing or digging up and badly repairing roads following works.

    The DOI boys do a good job, I just don't think it takes so many people to watch one bloke working. Productivity is the key - 8 blokes on site, 1 has a shovel, the 5 are watching the bloke with the shovel, 2 are monitoring traffic...

    Focus should be put into working one job at a time, far too many jobs on going at the moment. Shut a road for a few weeks and have people working day and night and get the job done sooner, rather than have loads of sites operating minimal workers between 10am - 4pm.
  • Posted by Manannan April 26, 2017 at 21:16

    DoI should be privatised. All work out to tender. Seems to work over in the UK.
    Third party contractors here don't get enough practice since DoI have a virtual monopoly; maybe why work wasn't up to scratch. Chicken and egg situation.
    Government contracts with third party suppliers can include penalty clauses, which aren't currently possible (not going to fine themselves for late/shoddy work).
    Govt. could specify night time/out of hours work, which again not currently possible, or involves overtime, not as standard hours.
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