Taxi operators urged to desist from increasing price

02 Aug 2018 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) – An increase in taxi fares without endorsement by the Transportation Board would amount to price fixing, the Namibian Competition Commission has said.
The operators, members of the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU), have been pushing for an increment since June, after fuel prices increased for the third time this year.
The proposed increment would see commuters paying a minimum of N.dollars 15 per trip.
In a media statement on Thursday, the commission urged taxi operators who plan to increase their fares by 50 per cent to desist from doing so as it would amount to price fixing.
It said the Competition Act, Act 2 of 2003 prohibits competing undertakings such as taxis from jointly colluding on prices charged to consumers, unless it is authorised in terms of other relevant laws such as the Road Transport Act.
“Operators who collusively and intentionally impose fixed prices without following the due process set out in the Road Transport Act will render themselves liable in terms of the act and thereby attract formal investigations which may lead to punitive civil or criminal sanctions,” the statement said.