RHA led truck cartel compensation action passes 2,000th haulier mark


The RHA lead price-fixing compensation action has attracted more than 2,000 hauliers since it went live in June of this year.

According to the association, which is working on the claim before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London with legal counsel Backhouse Jones and Exchange Chambers, 650 other hauliers have expressed an interest.

The RHA, which has funding from Therium for the legal action, claimed those already signed up represented circa 120,000 vehicles at 6-tonnes up purchased during the cartel period (1997 to 2011).

Last year, the European Commission handed out a record €2.9bn (£2.5bn) fine to five major truck manufacturers after it found they co-ordinated truck pricing and colluded on passing on the costs of compliance with emissions rules.

MAN, Volvo Group (which owns Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks), Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Iveco and Daf were all found to have broken EU competition rules by forming a cartel to discuss the coordination of factory prices for trucks; timings for the introduction of emissions technology; and passing on the cost of such technology to customers.

Scania's involvement is still subject to investigation.









Earned recognition still on hold as DVSA struggles to find pilot scheme hauliers

The DVSA has tried to encourage operators to join its earned recognition pilot by dispelling myths about the scheme, which still needs more industry support before it can go live.

Speaking at the RHA’s Autumn Conference yesterday (7 September), DVSA head of enforcement policy Gordon Macdonald hinted the pilot was still lacking the support from hauliers needed to get the scheme off the ground despite a lengthy gestation.

While it was expected to go live early this year after a series of start points, Macdonald said the DVSA now hoped this would happen in Spring 2018, but this was “very much dependent on the support from operators, and the providers of IT systems.

“We’ve made some good progress but we’re finding it’s taking more time than anticipated as it’s being developed, so we’ve decided to extend the pilot to allow more operators to take part.”

In an attempt to do some “myth busting” around the scheme, Macdonald reassured operators that being part of earned recognition would not give the DVSA access to their data.

“Operator’s systems will automatically send either a monthly email report, or an email notifying them of a KPI breach,” he said.

Macdonald also tried to incentivise operators to take part in the pilot with the promise of public recognition of their efforts.

He said: “As soon as the pilot is finished, we will publish all the operators that successfully took part, giving them recognition that they’ve reached the compliance standards. Those successful in the pilot will also be given automatic entry to the earned recognition scheme.

“If you have an inkling to join earned recognition, I would urge you to help us try it so we can go live as soon as we possibly can.”