DfT rules out early legislation to deliver competition body’s bus market remedies
New legislation to implement the Competition Commission’s proposed remedies for local bus markets won’t be a priority for the Government, the DfT has told the Commission. Meanwhile, bus operators seem distinctly unimpressed with the competition body’s reform plans.
It must help to have a thick skin if you’re a member of the Competition Commission’s local bus market inquiry team. Its provisional remedies to boost competition in Britain’s local bus market outside London have upset the local government community – particularly Integrated Transport Authorities – by omitting franchising. But if the team expected a bit of gratitude from bus operators, then they’ll have been disappointed; many of the operator responses to the...