THE ROLES OF COMPETITION AND REGULATION IN TRANSPORT MARKETS

Reference is made to the National Transportation Act (NTA) of 1967, and Bill C-33, an act to amend the NTA and other legislation which was introduced into parliament in 1977. The authors of this paper consider that it is misguided for the Canadian government to make these changes in the objectives of the national transport policy and to require the regulation of freight transport by the Canadian Transport Commission (CTC) consistent with the revised transport policy. This paper argues in favour of regulation to facilitate the efficient working of competition in transport markets and against the regulation of commercial rates and services by the CTC to achieve non-economic objectives, and is directed to the regulation of freight rates and service conditions set commercially. This paper is in five parts. First, it examines the existing national tranpsportation policy and the policy set down in Bill C-33. The implications of the policy for the criteria by which transport would be regulated are described. The second part reviews the working of transport markets and of regulation since the NTA of 1967. Third, the paper examines the decisions of the CTC which would be affected significantly by the change in the criteria for regulation. The results likely from the application of the new criteria are considered in the fourth section. Conclusions are reached in the final part of the paper by comparing the experience with the present policy and the probable results of the policy proposed in Bill C-33. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    Faculty of Commerce
    Vancouver, British Columbia  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Heaver, T D
    • NELSON, J C
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00301833
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 15 1980 12:00AM