Eleven furniture removal companies and their association are facing prosecution in the Competition Tribunal for price fixing, involving the e-tolls levy they charge customers whose goods are transported across Gauteng highways, according to a BusinessLIVE report.

An investigation by the Competition Commission, launched in February, disclosed that the furniture removal companies agreed to add a levy of R350 to the amount they charged to their customers transporting furniture on Gauteng highways that had e-tolls.

The purpose of the agreement was to pass on to consumers the added costs incurred when transporting furniture using highways in Gauteng because of e-tolls. The agreement, established under the aeges of the Northern Provinces Professional Movers Association of SA has been in existence since 22 January 2014. ‘This agreement constitutes price fixing which contravenes section 4(1)(b)(i) of the Competition Act, number 89 of 1998, as amended,’ the Competition Commission said in a statement yesterday.

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