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March 2, 2021

Cartel on the driving schools market from Bucharest – over EUR 360,000 fines

The Competition Council fined 32 driving schools from Bucharest with over RON 1.5 M which had agreed to increase the price on the driving school market from Bucharest. The inspectors of the Competition Council say that the chiefs of the driving schools, and also the private inspectors, agreed to increase the tariffs from RON 500 to RON 800.

“The understandings of this type are some of the most serious restrictions of the competition, their effect being the rise of the prices or tariffs and the reduction of the users’ possibility to choose the products or services. This contravenes the provisions of the competition law, the fines rising in such cases to 10 per cent of the turnover made in the year preceding the sanctioning,” Bogdan Chiritoiu, president Competition Council told yesterday a press conference.

Most of the driving schools had increased the prices already on February 1, 2008, and the others in the following days. The Competition Council took note of it and proceeded to an unannounced inspection at the offices of the Driving Schools Owners’ Associations, further to which it found minutes of the meetings when the rise of the training fee was established. The Council gathered almost 200 pieces of evidence during the investigation which lasted one year. Besides the fine of RON 1.5 million, meaning around EUR 360,000, the driving schools will have to report for two years to the Competition Council the evolution of their tariffs.

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