ISSUES IN FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION REGULATION

This paper addresses the proposition of reducing or eliminating economic regulation of freight transportation. The impact of deregulation on pricing, quality of service, and control of carrier operations is discussed at length. For the past decade several economists and politicians have suggested that removing regulation motor carriers from economic controls by the Interstate Commerce Commission will encourage new entry into the industry, lower freight rates, and improve service to shippers. The regulated motor carrier industry supports the present regulatory system but is recommending regulatory reforms that it believes will make the system more efficient. The basic industry position is that the country needs a responsive motor-common-carrier freight system, and without regulation such a system is imposible. Some spokesmen of exempt truckers favor further relaxation entry and price controls. The railroad industry generally favors elimination of much of the railroad regulation. Rail and motor carrier users are found on all sides of the issues. Small community leaders fear the effect of major changes in freight regulation on their towns.

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    American Agricultural Economics Association

    Department of Agricultural Economics, Kentucky University
    Lexington, KY  United States  40506
  • Authors:
    • Kriebel, W R
    • Baumel, C P
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

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  • Accession Number: 00330123
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM