REGULATION OF DISCRIMINATION IN RAILWAY FREIGHT TRANSPORT

Controls over discrimination in railway rates and services are scrutinized in terms of (a) problems stemming from their existing application and (b) their relationships with recent proposals to change economic regulation and carriers' practices in the pricing and contract carriage areas. Although originally identified with the achievement of equity and economic efficiency, such controls now appear to contravene those objectives in situations involving competition between railways and unregulated water and motor carriers. Legislative and administrative efforts to reduce rate regulation and carrier antitrust immunity and place greater reliance on market forces must not be undertaken without giving adequate attention to interrelationships between such changes and provisions for the regulation of discrimination. Proposals to transfer control over transport discrimination to the jurisdiction of other price discrimination laws and other agencies (e.g., the Federal Trade Commission) could produce problems no less onerous than those ascribed to existing statutory and institutional arrangements. This paper examines the basic meaning of discrimination and the reasons for its control. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 18-23
  • Monograph Title: Rail and motor carrier reports
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309029716
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM