This commentary reviews the several actions taken by the Commission to improve freight car utilization, the corresponding responsibilities of the carriers and shippers, and the importance of tariff observation in obtaining that goal. A car ownership formula and incentive per diem charges, are essentially long range steps. In addition, the Commission has supported legislation which would assist the railroads in acquiring freight cars in those circumstances where their financial resources are severely strained. Drastic techniques may be utilized by the carriers and the Commission to provide an equitable distribution of the available car supply, to prevent unnecessary delays in the movement of cars, and to attach penalties, where necessary. The shipper or receiver can best participate in improving car utilization by ordering cars at the appropriate time in sufficient numbers to meet its needs. Undue detention of freight cars by shippers should, as a matter of good shipping practices, be avoided.

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    Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

    4700 Keele Street
    Downsview 463, ON  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Murphy, R L
  • Publication Date: 1974-7

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  • Accession Number: 00125873
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Law Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM