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I apologize for not quoting the specifInc parts of your post that I am responding to:
When suggesting that we buy off the shelf and then modify via a second contractor you fail to take into account that this no necessitates two procurement process from RFP through to purchase and delivery one for the truck and another for the modifications, and also two separate instances of producers mark up being applied. There is also more work on the part of PWSGC to ensure that the vehicles are phased from the manufacturer to the modifier. To give you a simple realize example a unit I recently worked with procured five 3/4 ton trucks, some modifications were require in order to make them more suitable for driving on unimproved roads and ice roads. It took a year before all five of those vehicles were kitted in accordance with the required specifications because of the legal requirements of the contracting system
I take your point of the complications of process - but isn't that the issue? The process? When the paperwork takes longer than the time necessary to deliver a solution then the problem, in my view, is with the paperwork and the process.