The tender is currently secured by the German company - UTSCH and the extension would mean they would be supplying number plates from Nov. 01, 2018 - April 30, 2018 together with their local partner - Access Engineering, headed by Sumal Perera.
The Tender had been awarded to the two companies since 2009 and the cabinet paper for the extension has been tabled by Transport minister - Nimal Siripala de Silva.
However, it is said that a further extension to the contract period is sought with the claim that the procurement process to select a supplier is unable to be completed before 31 Oct. 2018, misleading the cabinet of ministers.
'Sri Lanka Mirror' first reported this scam in an article titled “Scam by Access to obtain the 800 million tender!” on October 06.
This company has appeared as three separate companies, although their directors are the same.
Of seven applicants, two have been shortlisted – UTSCH/ACCESS and Avonsmart/Tonnjes E.A.S.T.