Federal Passenger Company Shall Take into Account Passenger Interests
OREANDA-NEWS. June 14, 2012. To execute a determination of the Antimonopoly Service, the “Federal Passenger Company” OJSC (“FPK” OJSC) has drafted a new document to review the company standard STO FPK 1.001-2010 “Passenger Services in Deluxe Trains of “FPK” OJSC”, reported the press-centre of FAS Russia.
On 5th June 2012, “FPK” OJSC paid 427140 Rubles to the federal budget. The fine was imposed by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) on 4th May 2012 upon establishing the fact of the antimonopoly violation.
On 7th October 2011, the FAS Commission found that а “FPK” OJSC violated Clause 4 Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition” in course of carrying out passenger operations. The company unreasonably reduced the number of seats in third-class sleepers of long-distance trains on “Yekaterinburg – Moscow” route.
Based on its decision on violating the antimonopoly law, FAS issued a determination to “FPK” OJSC to stop the violation by determining internal procedures for introducing (closing) “deluxe” long-distance passenger trains of “FPK” OJSC. The procedures must take into account the interests of consumers of railway passenger services on long-distance trains. Thus, passengers will be given the right to obtain services for transportation in third-class sleepers and sitting carriages of long-distance trains under government-regulated tariffs (without employing increasing coefficients for “deluxe” long-distance trains).
As the company breached the antimonopoly law and committed an administrative violation, the sanctions for which are specified in Part 1 Article 14.31 of the Code of the Russian Federation for Administrative Violations, the Antimonopoly Service fined the company 427140 Rubles.