On 18 February, the OFT referred the anticipated acquisition by Ratcliff Palfinger of the commercial vehicle tail lifts spare parts business of Ross & Bonnyman to the Competition Commission (“CC”). Tail lifts are hydraulic platforms at the rear of vehicles which allow for goods and/or passengers to be lifted on and off a vehicle. Ross & Bonnyman announced in November 2010 that it had decided to cease manufacturing commercial vehicle tail lifts. In considering the effects of the transfer of the spare parts business to Ratcliff Palfinger, the OFT was required to consider whether the deal influenced Ross & Bonnyman’s decision to exit the commercial vehicle tail lifts business. On the basis of the evidence it received, the OFT believes that this may indeed be the case. Click here for more information.