This paper presents an analysis of cost determination within the motor carrier industry. It is pointed out that in the present economic climate, the existing system of cost determination is inadequate. The paper seeks to provide a possible solution to this problem. The presentation includes: (1) a discussion of the general problem of cost determination as related to motor carrier operation, (2) a description of both early and recent developments in the literature on motor carrier costs, (3) an analysis of potential solutions to the problem and difficulties encountered in their implementation, and (4) a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages arising from the adoption of a modified cost analysis system. Based upon conclusions from this study, the following three-step program for revision of present cost development procedures is recommended: (1) initiate a coordinated effort to study resource use relationships within a small, but diverse, group of carriers, based along the lines of those studies described in this paper; (2) compare the aggregated results of these studies, as used in turn to analyze the costs of specific shipments moved by each carrier, to costs determined for each carrier using the individual study results obtained for his operations; and (3) if these comparisons are favorable, providing similar costs for specific shipments through use of both individual and aggregated resource, use relationships whereby the study results may be applied to operations of a broad grouping of carriers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of Interstate Commerce Com Practitners

    1112 ICC Building, 12th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20423
  • Authors:
    • Shrock, D L
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 572-587
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM