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Public Passenger Transport Inquiry Completion Date Adjusted

June 14, 2019

Department of Economic Development

14 June 2019

The completion date for the Market Inquiry into the Public Passenger Transport Sector has been corrected.

The economic development department published the correction notice in Government Gazette 42526.

At the end of May 2019, the department published a notice in Gazette 42496 adjusting the completion date of the Inquiry to 31 July 2019 to allow for sufficient time for engagement on proposed recommendations.

This date has been corrected and the Inquiry will now be completed by 30 September 2019.

The Inquiry, conducted by the Competition Commission, got off the ground on 7 June 2017.

Its terms of reference were published in Gazette 40837 in May 2017.

The Inquiry is designed to understand the general state of competition in the land-based public passenger transport sector.

The Commission holds the view that there are “features or a combination of features in the industry that may prevent, distort or restrict competition, and / or to achieve the purpose of the Competition Act.”

The Terms of Reference also set out the scope as well as the expected timeline for the Inquiry.

Upon completion of the Inquiry, a report will be published in the Gazette.

Detail was provided on the legal basis for the Inquiry, the background to the public passenger transport industry, the rationale for the Inquiry, the scope of the Inquiry and the Inquiry process and timelines.

The scope of the Inquiry remains the same.