The Competition Authority, based on some concerns made public by the media regarding the agreement between Interest Groups representing driving schools (“National Driving School Association” and “Road Safety” Driving School Association), the General Directorate of Taxes and the Directorate of General of Road Transport Services on the determination of the minimum fiscal cost (payment fees) of training for drivers, has started the procedures for the evaluation of this agreement in the sense of law no. 9121/2003 “On the protection of competition”.
Law no. 9121/2003 “On the protection of competition” forbids all agreements that have as their object or as a consequence the obstruction, limitation or distortion of competition in the market, especially agreements that directly or indirectly set purchase or sale prices, or any other terms of trade.
The Competition Authority, pursuant to Articles 69 and 70 of Law no. 9121 dated 28.07.2003 “On the Protection of Competition”, evaluates the degree of restriction or obstruction of competition resulting from the draft acts related to: quantitative restrictions for entering the market and trading; establishment of exclusive rights or special rights, in certain areas, for enterprises or for certain products; imposing the same practices on prices and conditions of sale.
For the above, the Competition Authority has requested information from the General Directorate of Taxes and the General Directorate of Road Transport Services, in order to assess the possible restrictions of competition in the relevant market.