RHA Given ‘Cartel’ Green Light

THE COMPETITION Appeal Tribunal has delivered a landmark judgment entitling the RHA to proceed with its claim on behalf of hauliers seeking damages from the major European truck manufacturers who were found to have operated a price-fixing cartel between 1997 and 2011.
The RHA issued its application for a collective proceedings order (CPO) in July 2018. However, the hearing to determine if the CPO was allowed was delayed until April 2021 so that the Supreme Court could rule on the law in another, unconnected, case.
The RHA’s action will cover the following claims by businesses of any size engaged in road haulage operations on a hire and reward or own-account basis in respect of trucks of six tonnes and over registered in the UK:
• Claims for new trucks purchased or leased (short and long term) between 17 January 1997 and 31 January 2014.
• Claims for used (pre-owned) trucks purchased or leased between 17 January 1997 and 31 January 2015.
• Claims for increased costs due to the co-ordinated delay in introducing new Euro emissions technologies during the cartel period and up to 31 January 2014.

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