ECONOMIC REGULATION OF CANADIAN MOTOR CARRIERS

A CASE CAN BE MADE FOR THE REGULATION OF MOTOR CARRIERS IN ALL TRANSPORTATION MARKETS IN CANADA. HOWEVER IT WAS NOTED THAT THERE WAS A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL MARKETS EACH POSSESSED WITH CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL DEMAND CHARACTERISTICS. IT IS, THEREFORE, NECESSARY, IN REGULATING MOTOR CARRIERS, THAT A CAREFUL ANALYSIS BE MADE OF THE MARKET IN EACH CASE TO DETERMINE THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF COMPETITIVE FORCES. WHERE COMPETITIVE FORCES ARE FOUND TO BE WEAK, THE ANALYSIS SHOULD ATTEMPT TO DISCOVER THE REASONS FOR THIS WEAKNESS AND MEANS BY WHICH THEY CAN BE STRENGTHENED. THIS IS IMPORTANT, FOR THE NATURE AND APPLICATION OF REGULATION SHOULD DEPEND, TO A LARGE EXTENT, ON THE COMPETITIVE FORCES EXISTING IN THE MARKET. WHERE MARKET FORCES ARE WEAK, THERE ARE STRONG ARGUMENTS FOR THE DIRECT APPLICATION OF SPECIFIC REGULATIONS TO THE MOTOR CARRIER INDUSTRY, BUT WHERE THE MARKET FORCES ARE STRONG OR CAN BE STRENGTHENED, IT MAY BE PREFERABLE TO ATTEMPT TO STRENGTHEN THE FUNCTIONING OF THE MARKET AND ALLOW THE MARKET ITSELF, NOT A REGULATORY BODY, BE THE PRIME REGULATOR. /CGRA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport Canada

    330 Sparks Street, Tower C, 8th Floor
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0N5
  • Authors:
    • Peel, A L
  • Publication Date: 1968-5

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  • Accession Number: 00201273
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 12 pp
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1994 12:00AM