Alleged cartel investigation continues

Investigations into an alleged cartel involving truck manufacturers continue, more than a year after the European Commission (EC) first said it suspected anti-competitive behaviour.

In November 2014, truck makers including Volvo, Daf, MAN, Daimler and Scania confirmed that they had received a statement of objections from the EC.

The EC said it had “concerns that certain heavy- and medium-duty truck producers may have agreed or co-ordinated their pricing behaviour in the European Economic Area”.

The statement of objections is a formal step in EC investigations into suspected violations of EU anti-trust rules. The addressees can examine the documents in the investigation file, reply in writing and request an oral hearing.

If the EC concludes that there is sufficient evidence of an infringement, then it can issue a decision prohibiting the conduct and impose a fine of up to 10% of a company’s annual worldwide turnover.

MP calls for urgent action in Calais

Rob Flello MP has called for the British and French governments to take urgent action to protect British HGV drivers in Calais after a fact-finding mission to the port last week.

Flello, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on freight transport and a member of the transport committee, said: “Despite Eurotunnel becoming a fortress, the access roads have become like a virtual war zone, unsafe for motorists and professional drivers.

“If Calais is to survive as the most economically viable and convenient crossing for freight traffic between the UK and the continent, this situation cannot be allowed to continue.

“The UK and French governments must get to the heart of the issue to establish safety on the streets of Calais and maintain this vital freight route.

“I will be raising this at the highest levels in government and proposing some further mitigation measures that Eurotunnel and the Port of Calais can take based on my recent experiences.”

Flello’s visit followed riots last week that saw six people injured and riot police using tear gas to stop migrants climbing aboard UK-bound trucks.