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Trucking/Motor Contract Carrier vs Motor Common Carrier


Roman wrote at 2015-03-13 19:10:24
OK Boys, break it is your answer to common vs. contract, and to tariffs.

You will learn herein, that there is no difference between a common and a contract carrier. You will also learn that tariffs are a thing of the past.

As per the ICC Termination Act of 1995:

Part B - Motor Carrier, Water Carrier, Freight Forwarder and Brokers Provisions;

Section 13102. Definitions #2 The terms motor common carrier and motor contract carrier are no longer defined, because the new statute no longer distinguishes between these two types of carriers. (Common/contract carrier - same thing.) The newly defined term is replacing these two is 'motor carrier'.

Next: Section 13702. Tariffs: Tarrif filing is ONLY REQUIRED for non-exempt carriers engaged in DOMESTIC OFF-SHORE COMMERCE.

In addition, the caring Industry Regulatory Reform Act of 1994 known as TIRRA, pronounced as TE-AIR-UH, eliminated tariff filing for motor property carriers. It also relieved passenger and household goods freight forwarders from tariff filing obligations. However, a household goods carrier must still maintained rates, and such rates must be made available to the shipper upon request, they are not filed anywhere else.

The ICC Termination Act, Section 13902 allows for the DOT to continue using the same application forms, as well as issuing either common or contract authority as the form is not modified to change to the new definition which is 'motor carrier' until such a time as the DOT can get it's poop in a group and reform the system. They are to combine the USDOT and MC numbering/registration systems into one system...this was to be done by December of 1997. See how fast they run! Ha.

And further, Chapter 141 of the Termination act Section 14101 - Providing Transportation: All carriers excluding Household Goods movers providing transportation for individual householders are authorized to enter into transportation contracts.


TO DECKERTRANS - I strongly urge you to apply as a contract carrier rather common. Even though there is no longer any difference, many people and brokers in the industry are unaware of this. Unless you are a car hauler, most shippers will be wanting to enter into contracts, and the term contract carrier is still widely used, even though extinct. Many shippers will still veer away from Common carrier authority because they believe that opportunity to came back on them later for filed rates exists...even though it does not.

source - good luck guys


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