Problems faced by the transportation industry are discussed, governmental policies which impose social responsibilities and downward pressure on transportation prices are reviewed, and comments are made on the capital formation problems. It is pointed out that transportation rate regulation must be based on a recognition of the carriers revenue and capital requirements. Regarding social costs, it is observed that private enterprise transportation carriers cannot afford to indefinitely continue uneconomic services to meet government-mandated social needs. No carrier should be required or permitted to provide service at noncompensatory rates. It is also urged that carriers should be encouraged to move swiftly toward modernization of their work rules to permit greater productivity. Also, the law should be changed to better recognize the strong public-interest character of transportation labor disputes and to assure more equitable balance in collective bargaining between management and labor. The need is indicated for fair tax treatment. Government programs (including subsidies) which enter competitive transportation are deplored. It is also urged that full cost/benefit analysis of all prospective laws and regulations should be performed before the laws and regulations are imposed on the transportation industry.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Association of America

    1100 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 17 1976 12:00AM