Two questions, just to get some alternative opinions.
An instruction to change the Scope adds work to a more remote part of the Site which requires the operatives to travel there in a van. The van is not utilised for the rest of the day but stays at the remote part of the Site so that the operatives can use it to travel back at the end of the day. According to the SSCC, a cost for a piece of Equipment is Defined Cost for the time it is ‘required’. Is the van ‘required’ for the full day or only for the time travelling from one part of the Site to the remote part? Irrespective of that, is the van being used to ‘Provide the Works’ when all it is doing is ferrying the operatives to the part of the Site in order for them to Provide the Works?
An event occurs which is a compensation event (take that as read) which significantly increases the operatives’ travel cost from home to the Working Area. If the full SCC applied, the extra cost would likely be Defined Cost under 13(a). However, the SSCC provides for recovery of People costs based on the People Rates rather than individual categories of cost. Those People Rates should include all the things that are listed in the full SCC wrapped up in one, pre-agreed, rate, including the cost of travel. There is no method to change the People Rates, but a new rate can be added under 63.16 for a category of person not included in the existing People Rates. As the extra travel cost does not require a new category of person, how can the Contractor recover the additional cost?