Travel test firms face hefty fines – but no price cap

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By Linsey McNeill
13/09/2021
Home » Travel test firms face hefty fines – but no price cap

Health Secretary Sajid Javid revealed that 91 COVID testing companies have now been booted off the Government’s list of providers and a further 135 firms have been ordered to correct inaccurate prices as he announced fixed £10,000 fines for law-breakers.

Responding to the findings of the Competition and Markets Authority review into private testing companies, Mr Javid said: “It is completely unacceptable for any private testing company to take advantage of holidaymakers and we are taking action to clamp down on cowboy behaviour.”

He said companies have warned providers that they will be removed from the list if they advertise misleading prices again.

And from 21 September, those who fail to follow the law will face fines of up to £10,000, said Mr Javid.

“I requested a review from the Competition and Markets Authority to address exploitative behaviour in the private testing market and ensure the government is doing everything it can to crack down on excessive pricing and inaccurate claims,” he added.

“I am reviewing the recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority and will outline further changes shortly to ensure consumers are given the best tests at the very best prices.”

Mr Javid announced on air yesterday that he planned to remove PCR tests for returning holidaymakers ‘as soon as possible’.

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