Incidental Bus Charter Rights: Hearing, Eighty-ninth Congress, Second Session. October 12, 1966

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Committee Serial No. 89-53. Considers H.R. 12916 and S. 2893, to amend the Interstate Commerce Act to specify that permission to operate charter services is not automatically included in ICC approval of an application to operate regularly scheduled bus service.
 

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Page 4 - ... on or before January 1, 1967, or under any reissuance of the operating rights contained in such certificate, may transport in interstate or foreign commerce to any place special or chartered parties under such rules and regulations as the Commission shall have prescribed.
Page 3 - ... even intend to operate, the regular route service for which they apply merely as a means of securing charter rights. Charter services were only a small part of common carrier passenger operations at the time section 208(c) of the act was passed. They were then truly incidental to regular route operations. Accordingly, proof of need for regular route authority was a sufficient safeguard to protect the public from the destructive consequences of overcrowding in the charter field. For that reason,...
Page 5 - ... points and in the latter the applicant requested reinstatement of a certificate revoked for dormancy which covered regular route authority in the Nashville, Tennessee area. In both cases applicants admitted directly or indirectly that the real objective was nationwide charter authority. In both cases strong protests were filed by competing regular route carriers because of the charter rights involved. In some cases the situation is reversed — competing carriers object to the regular route sought...
Page 4 - Company, MC-1 13062. In the former interstate authority was requested between Sheridan and Indianapolis, a distance less than 30 miles, to add to intrastate authority between the same points and in the latter the applicant requested reinstatement of a certificate revoked for dormancy which covered regular route authority in the Nashville, Tennessee area. In both cases applicants admitted directly or indirectly that the real objective was nationwide charter authority. In both cases strong protests...
Page 4 - Q. And how many passengers would you say you handle a day in that operation? A. Around five. It varies. It goes up and down very little. Q. Why did you want to keep that alive? A. Because of the charter rights involved. Q. So, on the basis of handling five passengers a day you want to be in a position to perform charter operations from Joe Daviess County and other Wisconsin points to the entire United States? A. That is correct.
Page 4 - ... services. Despite the importance of charter services, there has not been orderly development in charter operations such as we have had for regular route operations. The result is that the field is tremendously overcrowded. A wasteful duplication of charter facilities exists which has led to destructive competition for charter business contrary to the basic purposes of the Interstate Commerce Act. We believe the proposed amendment of section 208 (c) would close a loophole in the act and tend to...

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