Tampa must redo the bidding process for the electric scooter contract, Bird Tells Fla. Short –
Bird Rides Inc. filed a petition earlier this week in Florida state court, asking the court to force the city of Tampa to restart its e-scooter procurement process because the last one was unfair. The filing accuses Tampa of depriving Bird of due process, failing to observe essential requirements of the law and making a decision unsupported by evidence.
Bird, an electric scooter sharing company, said it has operated in Tampa since 2019. Earlier this year, seeking to continue operations in the city, it submitted an offer in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) from Tampa. Initially, Bird was shortlisted alongside Spin, Lime and Helbiz. However, he lost to Helbiz and Spin who won city contracts.
Importantly, Bird says, Tampa did not notify Bird and Lime that they lost, and Bird says he only received a copy of someone else’s award notification, the day the bid protests were due. Bird claims that when she explained to Tampa the problem of the lack of notice and requested a five-day extension to file her protest against the offer, the city denied the request and, furthermore, did not provided Bird with public documents in a timely manner to challenge the decision. .
Bird called. A city-appointed officer reportedly heard the dispute and decided the appeal in favor of Tampa. Yet the filing claims the officer went further and ruled that Bird “disclaimed all arguments not raised in the protest against the offer, even those arguments which Bird could not have raised at the time. “.
The e-scooter petitioner argues that the officer’s decision “violates fundamental principles of due process and is directly contrary to Florida law.” Bird also notes that the record before the hearing officer clearly argued for a reversal of Tampa’s decision on the bid protest.
“Although Bird raised a number of reasons why the bidding process failed, one of them would be enough to render the bidding process arbitrary and capricious,” the filing said. . For relief, Bird asks the court to reverse the hearing officer’s denial and force Tampa to re-open the market.
The bird is represented by Akerman LLP.