Covid test firms that overcharge could be named and shamed in a Government league table in a bid to drive added costs below £50 per person for summer holidays. The Department for Transport (DfT) is considering ranking firms on the costs of their gold standard PCR tests to help holidaymakers find the cheapest deals when foreign travel is due to resume from May 17. It is part of an attempt by Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, to slash prices from their current average of more than £100 per person. Some have been charging up to £300 for “premium” services that would add more than £1,000 to a family of four’s holiday. “I want to see a properly competitive market driving down the costs of these tests,” Mr Shapps told a webinar organised earlier this week by ConservativeHome. “One has cut prices to £60 from £120. Another provider going through accreditation is offering a PCR test for £45.” Under the Government’s traffic light system due to take effect from May 17, any holidaymaker returning from even a safe “green” list country will have to pay for a PCR test on or before the second day following their arrival back in the UK. Those returning from “amber” rated countries will have to pay for two PCR tests during their quarantine. The rules apply even if the traveller has been fully vaccinated. Average UK prices have been around £130 per PCR test although a handful of firms have halved them to £60, slashing the cost for a family of four from more than £500 to £240. Now ministers are considering stimulating competition further by listing the firms on the approved Government testing site according to their costs. “Ranking is being discussed,” said a Government source. Mr Shapps told the ConservativeHome webinar that the Government was also planning to “separate out” the most expensive tests which offered “full service where people come to your home.” It is understood the NHS, which currently charges £210 for its double PCR tests - £105 individually, is also considering reducing its costs after criticism from private providers that it was setting a “benchmark” baseline that encouraged firms to overcharge. The Treasury has also agreed to exempt tests from 20 per cent VAT where providers use a registered nurse to administer them. It is considering a wider waiver of VAT but is concerned that test firms may not pass on any tax cut to holidaymakers. Eurofins is believed to be the cheapest provider on the market with a charge of £44.90 for a single PCR test. Cignpost, which offers tests for £60 at Gatwick and for £80 at other airports, has announced it is expanding its PCR test sites to 25, putting 80 per cent of the population within a 60 minute drive of one. Randox is also offering cut-price tests at £60 in conjunction with airlines including BA, while it is understood that other big test providers are also considering reducing their costs. The travel industry is campaigning for an across-the-board VAT cut that would reduce these prices below £50 per test. Tim Alderslade, Airlines UK chief executive, said: “Good progress has been made by the Government on costs since the Global Travel Taskforce report was published but there is more that can be done, in particular reducing the cost of NHS PCR tests and removing the levying of VAT on all aspects of the testing process.” EU countries where tests are largely exempt from VAT charge on average £62 per test, half the current average in the UK. It comes amid rising hopes that up to 30 countries could be on the Government’s “green” list for quarantine free travel from May 17. The Government is expected to announce the list between May 5 and 10.