Transport companies claim €410 million damages from DAF
Claiming organization MKB Claim is starting a class action for some 3 000 transport companies, claiming from Dutch truck manufacturer DAF €410 million damages due to illegal price agreements of the so-called ‘truck cartel’ active between 1997 and 2011.
Five truck manufacturers – Scania, Daimler, DAF, Volvo-Renault Trucks, and Iveco – were accused in 2017 of price-fixing, manipulating the timing of the introduction of new emission technologies, imposed by the Euro III to VI environmental standards, and passing on the costs of these technologies to clients.
Paid €8 000 too much
NGO Transport & Environment, which focuses on sustainable transport in Europe, estimated at that time, for instance, that with the transition from Euro 5 to Euro 6, transport companies paid around 8 000 euro too much at least per truck.
In 2011, MAN turned out to be the whistle-blower to inform the European Commission about the truck cartel, which led to a monster-fine of 3,8 billion euros. Except for the whistle-blower. But with that fine, the case isn’t settled yet, and duped clients took action to get damages paid.
DAF to pay for everyone?
During previous years, some 3 000 of them joined MKB Claim to demand in total €410 million from the Dutch truck manufacturer. That includes damages due to higher purchase prices, but also higher insurance premiums that are based on the truck’s value.
According to Dutch newspaper AD, under the duped transport companies joining the claim against DAF, there are also clients that purchased other brands of trucks. But as each truck manufacturer is severally liable in this, DAF can be forced to pay for all damage, including that from other manufacturers.
DAF eventually can recoup the damage from the others, says Elsbeth Roos from MKB Claim. According to AD, DAF didn’t want to comment on the summons.