The study deals with 26 selected firms who developed private motor carriage operations for one or more of the following reasons: (1) to improve service, even though the result was more costly (15 examples), (2) to reduce transportation cost, even though the resulting service was lower (10 examples), and (3) to serve a plant in an unfavorable rural location (21 examples). The report contains a brief case description of each firm and its reason(s) for going into private carriage. The firms were very diverse in terms of size, industry classification (particularly represented were industrial products, forest products, and food companies), and specific motivations. Under the first type of motivation, seven specific service improvements were noted (varying from firm to firm): (1) faster transit for normal orders, (2) better control and faster transit for expedited orders, (3) need for specialized equipment, and better, (4) scheduled deliveries, (5) overall consistency of service, (6) handling and claims experience, and (7) direct off-highway deliveries. In nearly every case where reducing cost was the motivation, reduction in service entailed an increased cycle time for orders or deliveries, by virtue of delays in consolidating shipments for transport by private truck. Unfavorable rural plant locations were widespread across the country, and all lacked sufficiently reliable common carrier truck service.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Drake Sheahan/Stewart Dougall, Incorporated

    330 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10002

    Department of Transportation

    Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • SUTTON, R M
    • POTTER, R S
    • Weitz, D W
  • Publication Date: 1975-3-28

Media Info

  • Pagination: 64 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191737
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 2273 Final Rpt., DOT/P/50-78/1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OST-PS-50367
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1979 12:00AM