The OFT has referred UK local bus services, excluding London and Northern Ireland, to the CC following the results of an OFT market study into the industry. The OFT is concerned that limited competition between bus operators may result in higher prices and lower quality for bus users, representing poor value for money for taxpayers.

Some of the issues included complaints alleging predatory behaviour of incumbent firms designed to eliminate competition from new entrants and low numbers of bids for supported service contracts in many areas, with just one bidder for a quarter of tenders.

01/10 - 7 January 2010