UK Collective action was on its way by 2017

In the UK The British Road Haulage Association’s (RHA) funded damages claim against firms involved in the EU truck cartel and will be lodged with the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal. RHA sought authorization to act as an industry representative and set out the basis for which operators can opt-in.

The association calculated in 2017, that the average compensation per truck would be GBP 6,000 (EUR 6,829). The trade body also estimated that during the cartel period 650,000 new trucks were sold in the UK. Referring to a reported GBP 3.9 billion quantum, calculated simply by multiplying the estimated number of trucks sold in the UK by the estimated possible compensation per truck.

The GBP 3.9 billion global compensation figure for the UK was based on preliminary analysis experts have conducted. According to the report - it is fair to say it does not take into account the potential impact on operators’ fuel costs which might have been impacted by the cartel members’ agreeing to delay the introduction of more fuel-efficient emission technologies.

French waste management firm Veolia has also filed a follow-on cartel damages claim against truck manufacturers before the High Court in London.  Veolia’s claim targeted MAN, Volvo/Renault, Iveco, and DAF, with the anchor defendants being two companies linked to Iveco.

The company is one of the largest truck purchasers in Europe because of all the waste trucks it uses, with the claim representing 15,000 trucks. The total amount of damages claimed was likely to exceed EUR 200 million.