Part 3 of the Local Transport Act 2008 makes a number of important amendments to the Transport Act 2000 and, in particular, to the competition test contained in Schedule 10 of the Transport Act 2000.
These changes have been reflected in the guidance published by the OFT which can be downloaded here (insert link to new guidance). This guidance is primarily intended as a guide to assist both local transport authorities and bus operators which are entering into, or are participating in a, Quality Partnership Scheme or other bus partnership agreement, to assess whether the arrangements they are party to (or entering into) comply with competition law.
This guidance supercedes the OFT's guidance entitled 'The Transport Act 2008 and the Transport Scotland Act 2001' (OFT393) only insofar as that guidance applies to England and Wales. 'The Transport Act 2000 and the Transport act 2001' remain good guidance in respect of Scotland.
Guidance on the application of competition law to certain aspects of the bus market following the Local Transport Act 2008 (pdf 345 kb). Guidance on the competition test provided in the Transport Act 2000 (as amended).
The Transport Acts: guidance on the competition test (176 kb)
Guidance on the competition test provided in the Transport Act 2000 and Transport (Scotland) Act 2001.
General enquires relating to the application of competition law to the bus sector may, in this interim period, be directed to:
Office of Fair Trading
2-6 Salisbury Square
For all other enquiries, guidance on the work of the OFT and to report anti-competitive or other behaviour, please email email@example.com.
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