40450 – VEHICLES (Including Alternate Fuel Passenger Cars,
AWARD PAGE 75
Sport Utility Vehicles, Passenger and Cargo Vans & Pickups) (2010 Model Year & Newer) (Statewide)
"OGS OR LESS" GUIDELINES APPLY TO THIS CONTRACT: Purchases of the products included in the Invitation For Bids and related Contract Award Notification are subject to the "OGS or Less" provisions of Section 163.3.a.v., Article XI, of the New York State Finance Law. This means that State agencies can purchase products from sources other than the contractor provided that such products are substantially similar in form, function or utility to the products herein and are:
lower in price
available under terms which are more economically efficient to the State agency (e.g. delivery terms, warranty terms, etc.).
Agencies are reminded that they must provide the State contractor an opportunity to match the non- contract savings at least two business days prior to purchase. In addition, purchases made under "OGS or Less" flexibility must meet all requirements of law including, but not limited to, advertising in the New York State Contract Reporter, prior approval of the Comptroller's Office and competitive bidding of requirements exceeding the discretionary bid limit. State agencies should refer to Procurement Council Bulletin "OGS or Less Purchases" for complete procedural and reporting requirements.
DIESEL EMISSION REDUCTION ACT OF 2006 (NEW REQUIREMENT OF LAW): On February 12, 2007 the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act took effect as law (the “Law”). Pursuant to new §19-0323 of the N.Y. Environmental Conservation Law (“NYECL”) it is now a requirement that heavy duty diesel vehicles in excess of 8,500 pounds use the best available retrofit technology (“BART”) and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel (“ULSD”). The requirement of the Law applies to all vehicles owned, operated by or on behalf of, or leased by State agencies and State or regional public authorities. They need to be operated exclusively on ULSD by February 12, 2007. It also requires that such vehicles owned, operated by or on behalf of, or leased by State agencies and State or regional public authorities with more than half of its governing body appointed by the Governor utilize BART. As a contract vendor the Law may be applicable to vehicles used by contract vendors “on behalf of” State agencies and public authorities. Thirty-three percent (33%) of affected vehicles must have BART by December 31, 2008, sixty-six percent (66%) by December 31, 2009 and one-hundred percent (100%) by December 31, 2010. The Law provides a list of exempted vehicles. Regulations currently being drafted will provide further guidance as to the effects of the Law on contract vendors using heavy duty diesel vehicles on behalf of the State. The Law also permits waivers of ULSD and BART under limited circumstances at the discretion of the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. The Law will also require reporting from State agencies and from contract vendors in affected contracts. Therefore, the bidder hereby certifies and warrants that all heavy duty vehicles, as defined in NYECL §19-0323, to be used under this contract, will comply with the specifications and provisions of NYECL §19-0323, and any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, which requires the use of BART and ULSD, unless specifically waived by NYSDEC. Qualification and application for a waiver under this Law will be the responsibility of the bidder.