Furniture removal firms under fire

COMPANIES involved in price-fixing on e-toll levies charged to customers who transport,Picture: Getty Images

COMPANIES involved in price-fixing on e-toll levies charged to customers who transport belongings on Gauteng highways face prosecution.

At least 11 furniture removal companies as well as the movers’ association they belong to were identified as perpetrators. These companies face serious charges before the Tribunal. Northern Provinces Professional Movers Association of South Africa (NPPMA), Stuttaford Van Lines Gauteng Hub, Pickfords Removals SA, A & B Movers, Brytons Removals, Amazing Transport, Key Moves, Bayley Worldwide, Selection Cartage, Elliot Mobility, Crown Relocations and Magna Thomson.

The Commission’s investigation, launched in February this year, revealed the furniture removal companies agreed under the auspices of the NPPMA to add a levy of R350 to the amount they charged to their customers transporting furniture on Gauteng highways that have 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 has been in existence at least since January 22, 2014 and is ongoing. The Commission is seeking an order that the companies and the NPPMA contravened the Competition Act.

In addition, the Commission seeks an order that they all be held liable to pay an administrative penalty equivalent to 10% of their respective annual turnover.

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