Court: Russian Railways Violated Pricing Procedures
OREANDA-NEWS. February 09, 2012. the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation upheld the decision and determination of Rostov OFAS Russia regarding “Russian Railways” OJSC, reported the press-centre of FAS Russia.
In 2009 - 2010 “Russian Railways” OJSC independently fixed the costs of services for providing infrastructure of railway transport in general use in the Rostov region, that are included in the List of works of the holders of natural monopolies in railway transportation. Tariffs, charges and payments for the services are regulated by the state. “Russian Railways” OJSC should have applied to the Federal Tariff Service to specify the tariff.
Rostov OFAS Russia found that “Russian Railways” OJSC violated Clause 10 Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition” and issued a determination for “Russian Railways” OJSC to approach the authorized body to установления the tariffs for the services for providing infrastructure of railway transport in general use in the Rostov region.
“In 2009 the costs of services for providing infrastructure of railway transport in general use in the Rostov region was the highest in Russia – 13.96 Rubles/ car-km. In the regions where “Russian Railways” OJSC honoured its obligation and was assigned tariffs, the costs were considerably lower. For instance in Moscow and the Moscow region the tariff was 11 Rubles / car-km, and in the Altai krai, the Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Omsk and Tomsk regions and the Republic of Khakassia – 9.07 Rubles / car-km, - lower by 21% and 35%”, commented the Head of Rostov OFAS Russia, Vadim Korneev.