Between 1997 and 2011, European truck manufacturers have agreed on the price and the timing of entering technologies to reduce emissions.
the rating is particularly salty for “trucks cartel”. Daf Trucks, Daimler, Scania, Volvo (which owns the French Renault Trucks), Iveco, MAN … In total, six manufacturers will have to pay 2.93 billion euros in Brussels for cartel between 1997 and 2011, said the European Commission on Tuesday, confirming the log information Le Monde . This is the highest imposed by the European Union fine. The previous, amounting to 1.47 billion euros, related to CRT TV manufacturers in 2012
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in fact, manufacturers of European heavyweights were suspected of colluding in advance on the timing and level of price increase due to introduction of new technologies to reduce carbon emissions. For fourteen years, the “cartel trucks” has delayed the process until Brussels starts to pay attention to their activities, in 2011. That year, the European Commission and the Directorate General of competition lead of ‘spot checks’, confirming suspicions. CO² emissions of trucks rose by 36% between 1990 and 2010, according to the Commission.
The European manufacturers appear to have been organized to limit the impact of the fine. Daimler has provisioned 600 million euros for two years, and DAF has set aside 850 million euros. As for Iveco and Volvo, they would respectively allocated $ 500 and 650 million. In addition to this penalty, these companies will be held accountable to their clients. They are in fact 95% of the European market, “which ranged from 200,000 to 300,000 vehicles registered per year” between 1997 and 2011, said Le Monde . The cartel’s activities may have an influence on the price of trucks but also on transport rates.
This decision is in Brussels the fight against carbon emissions. A fight that was somewhat marred by the scandal Dieselgate. In September 2015, Volkswagen confessed to its diesel models equipped with software capable of deceiving the authorities pollution measurement tests. Facts known by the EU since 2013
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The Commission EU should propose to limit emissions of heavy goods vehicles, which represent a quarter of road transport emissions, Reuters reported on Thursday. The EU has already introduced a limit of 95 grams of CO² per kilometer by 2021, but it applies only to light vehicles.