Action before reference
The OFT carried out a market study into local bus services.
Reasons for reference
Date of reference: 7 January 2010.
The OFT has referred the local bus services, excluding London and Northern Ireland, to the Competition Commission (CC) for investigation. The key reasons for this are that low levels of competition in many bus markets both in the supply of commercial services and tendered services may be resulting in poor outcomes for bus users and taxpayers.
Press release OFT refers local bus services to Competition Commission 7 January 2010
The OFT’s reasons for making a market investigation reference to the Competition Commission (pdf 947kb) January 2010
Technical annexes (pdf 1.4Mb) January 2010
Questions and answers: Local Bus services final decision (pdf 56kb) January 2010
Information on the Competition Commission’s local bus services market investigation is on GOV.UK