Advice for the motor industry
27 June 2014: Advice for the motor industry on competition law compliance has been published by the CMA.
Summary of work
In January 2010, the OFT launched a formal investigation into suspected breaches of the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 in the distribution of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles (trucks and vans).
On 28 June 2012, the OFT issued a Statement of Objections to Mercedes-Benz and five dealers of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles who are mainly active within areas in the North of England and parts of Wales and Scotland.
On 21 February 2013, the OFT announced that Mercedes-Benz and three of the dealers, Ciceley, Road Range and Enza, had admitted infringing competition law and agreed to pay fines totalling £2.6 million.
On 27 March 2013, the OFT issued infringement decisions finding that Mercedes-Benz and five of its commercial vehicles dealers infringed competition law and imposed fines totalling over £2.8 million.
The decisions relate to:
- Decision 1: the distribution of vans between 23 March 2007 and 26 January 2010, involving H&L Garages and Northside
- Decision 2: the distribution of vans between 15 January 2008 and 26 January 2010, involving Ciceley and Northside
- Decision 3: the distribution of vans between 1 February 2008 and 26 January 2010, involving Ciceley and Road Range
- Decision 4: the distribution of trucks between 13 June 2008 and 26 January 2010, involving H&L Garages and Northside
- Decision 5: the distribution of trucks between 8 December 2009 and 26 January 2010, involving Ciceley, Enza, Mercedes-Benz and Road Range