Widening of public transport ticketing block exemption

Press notice announcing that the OFT has recommended to the Secretary of State an extension of the Public Transport Ticketing Schemes Block Exemption which exempts certain rail and bus ticketing arrangements from the Competition Act 1998 prohibition on restrictive agreements.

The OFT's recommendation appears to include the relaxation of conditions proposed in the OFT consultation earlier this year, but not the proposed new prohibition on certain links between multi-operator travelcard prices and individual ticket prices. It also seems that the OFT now proposes to remove all requirements for operator-specific tickets to be available alongside multi-operator tickets (not travelcards), which also represents a greater relaxation of conditions than the original proposal. A consultation on revisions to the associated guidelines (39 pages, PDF) is promised if the Secretary of State accepts the OFT's recommendations.

The OFT's reasons for the changes from the earlier proposals are briefly outlined in the OFT's report on the consultation (17 pages, PDF).

Update, December 2005: changes are being made through The Competition Act 1998 (Public Transport Ticketing Schemes Block Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2005.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under Article 81, OFT, Public transport.

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