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‘Certain aspects of public transport sector prevent, restrict competition’

The Competition Commission's inquiry will look into the bus, minibus taxis, rail, metered taxis as well app-based hailing services.

Taxis seen in Joburg's CBD. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Competition Commission believes there may be certain aspects of the public transport sector that prevent or restrict competition.

This will be put in the spotlight when the commission conducts an inquiry into the land-based public passenger transport sector.

The commission has called on affected and interested parties to make submissions.

The Competition Commission's inquiry will look into the bus, minibus taxis, rail, metered taxi sectors as well app-based hailing services such as Uber.

The commission's Sipho Ngwema says they've received complaints about numerous issues.

“They are worried about excessive pricing, some features that will distort or lessen competition and there are contradictions in terms of public policy.”

The organisation will also look into possible barriers to transformation of ownership in these sectors and the extent to which these may raise competition concerns.

The probe will last two years after which the commission will make recommendations.