DCAS announced a new initiative for RFI from minority and female owners in the trucking industry and manufacturing
New York City together with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and its Office of Citywide Fleet Management announced a new initiative to gather information from truck manufacturing industry on how to make it easier for minority and female owners – to expand vendor participation in the city’s fleet trucking market.
The Request of Information (RFI) will help the government to better understand of the experiences and struggles that the minority and female fleet owners are faced every day.
“NYC operates the largest municipal fleet in the country with over 30,000 units,” said DCAS Commissioner Lisette Camilo. “Through this RFI our aim is to open up fleet contracts to new bidders including reaching out to Minority and Women Businesses as part of our growing M/WBE initiative.”
This RIF is a part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to direct 30% of city contracts to the minority and female owners business enterprises.
An information session will be held on how to meet the goals. The session will be on July 12 and responses are due on August 23.
This RFI’s will help DCAS in collecting market insights and knowledge from the trucking industry on how to identify and expand the trucking market. The competition will provide the city with better potential pricing, access to range of different types of equipment expertise and capabilities and a more diverse fleet.
According to DCAS, the City Fleet operates 4,847 medium duty trucks, 7,229 heavy-duty units and 4,812 off road and specialized vehicles. In the last 4 years, the agency has invested around $1.2 billion to purchase various types of vehicles.
“DCAS spends over $200 million annually in the procurement of trucks and specialized equipment for all City agencies” said NYC Chief Fleet Officer Keith Kerman. “We are excited about the potential of this RFI to expand the marketplace to include M/WBE vendors.”
All potential vendors in the trucking and equipment sector are encouraged to participate. However, there is an extra call for vendors using alternative fuel vehicles to submit their responses, as it is the future of transportation industry.
“This city is at its best when all New Yorkers – regardless of race, gender or ethnicity have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed,” said Jonnel Doris, senior advisor and director of the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs. “We applaud DCAS for implementing an initiative that will bring underrepresented businesses into the City’s trucking fleet. Steps like these will truly create One New York City.”