MOSCOW, 17 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Federal Antimonopoly Service ( FAS ) has received several appeals regarding the increase in prices for taxi services, they will be considered in due course, the head of the department for regulation of communications and information technologies of the department, Elena Zayeva , told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, Deptrans of Moscow in its Telegram channel drew attention to the fact that due to the soaring demand for a taxi against the backdrop of bad weather in Moscow, some aggregators raised the cost by 2-3 times, which is why many had to refuse to travel. A number of public associations, including the All-Russian Association of Passengers, sent a letter to the head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, Maxim Shaskolsky, asking him to check the rise in prices of taxi aggregators due to snowfall.
“At the moment, the FAS Russia has received several appeals on the issue of increasing prices for taxi services, they will be considered in due course,” Zayeva said.
“Note that prices in the taxi market are not regulated by the state. Dynamic pricing is applied here, that is, the higher the demand and / or worse working conditions, for example, bad weather conditions, significant difficulties on the roads, the higher the cost of the service,” Zayeva added.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) is conducting an investigation to assess the impact of Uber and Yandex.Taxi on taxi prices and commissions in Moscow and the Moscow region, Elena Zayeva said.
“The share of Yandex.Taxi + Uber in Moscow and the Moscow region exceeds 50%, the FAS is conducting an investigation to assess the impact of the activities of taxi aggregators on the passenger taxi market in terms of the reasonableness and validity of setting prices and commissions,” she said.
The service also noted that the antimonopoly legislation itself does not prohibit the fact of dominance in the product market, but it prohibits abuse of dominant position.