GoBus sues station over alleged fee hike

AuthorColin Gleeson
Publication Date09 November 2021
The licence is valid from November 1st, 2019, and expires on October 31st, 2022. However, due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, GoBus has not been operating the full schedule allowed under the licence.

GoBus said it did not operate any services between March 17th, 2020, and September 20th, 2020. Despite not operating any services, it said the coach station "demanded payment", and a reduced total sum was agreed.

When services resumed, GoBus was initially allowed to operate 10 services per day each way due to pandemic restrictions. This was increased to 12 services per day each way from September 2021.

In the affidavit, GoBus alleged that "without any advance warning" the coach station issued GoBus with a new contract on September 15th, which was to run from October 22nd, 2021, until December 31st, 2022. The contract included loading bay fees of €4,500 per month, which was more than 10 times the previous fee of €421.82 per month.

GoBus alleged the coach station threatened to revoke its permission to use its facilities unless it signed the contract.

GoBus also raised other grievances with the new contract, and alleged the coach station enjoys a "dominant position" in competition law terms.

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