Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Truck Maker Appeals Fine Despite Legal Action from Road Haulage Customers

Manufacturer Maintains It Has Not Been Party to Cartel Activity
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EUROPE – Having received a fine of over €880 million in September this year for its alleged role in a cartel with several other truck manufacturers, Scania has filed an appeal against the European Commission's (EC) decision. The offences have led to legal action with at least two class action suits, including one from the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

Scania, along with MAN DAF, Daimler, Iveco, and Volvo/Renault, were all accused of colluding to fix the prices of their vehicles and agreeing to pass on the costs of producing trucks complying with stricter emission rules, over the 14 year period between 1997 and 2011. MAN, DAF, Daimler, Iveco, and Volvo/Renault entered into a settlement agreement with the EC in July 2016, and after admitting to the offences, received collective fines of €2.93 billion.

Scania was the only firm to not enter into a settlement agreement and maintains its innocence, stating that it ‘has not entered into any pan-European agreement with other manufacturers with regard to pricing’ adding that it also has not delayed the introduction of new engines compliant with EU-legislation for exhaust emissions.

Scania says that it has been co-operating fully with the European Commission by providing it with requested information and explanations throughout the entire investigation period.