Before the Interstate Commerce Commission. Policy Statement Regarding “Rule of Eight” in Contract Carrier Applications

by Thomas D. Hopkins on October 16, 1978
by Thomas D. Hopkins, Barry Bosworth, Roy A. Nierenberg and Elizabeth Pinkston

The Council on Wage and Price Stability (Council) hereby submits its comments to the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC or Commission) in support of the Commission’s policy statement which would eliminate the so-called “rule of eight” in determining whether to grant contract carrier authority.  A contract carrier is a trucking firm that hauls only for those specific shippers identified in its ICC grant of operating authority. The “rule of eight” refers to the actual or perceived policy of the ICC to limit contract carriers to servicing no more than eight shippers.

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