BAR would encourage you to consider signing up to a collective claim launched by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) in July 2018 before the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The claim has been brought against European truck manufacturers who were fined £3.4 billion by the European Commission for infringing competition law. I am told that the RHA already has almost 4,000 truck operators (including removal firms) signed up to the claim but operators can still sign up to have a chance of obtaining significant financial compensation. It is worth remembering as well that Back House Jones are working alongside the RHA to represent the collective interests in pursuing this claim.
The major truck manufacturers (DAF, Daimler/Mercedes, Iveco, MAN, Scania, and Volvo/Renault) were found guilty of coordinating on gross and net list truck prices, deciding how much truck operators should be charged for Euro 3-6 technologies, and delaying the introduction of those technologies. The European Commission’s decision proves liability before the CAT, leaving it for the RHA to prove that the infringement caused truck operators to suffer losses.
The RHA predicts that truck operators who sign up to the RHA claim could receive £6,000 or more per truck. The claim, which is free to join, is open to any operator who purchased or leased new or second-hand trucks over 6 tonnes since 1997 and this of course includes BAR Member companies. You can find further information on the RHA’s dedicated website at https://www.truckcartellegalaction.com. You can also use the website to register your interest and sign up.
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions or phone 08450 30 50 30 to speak to an RHA advisor.