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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 11 (June 1, 1930)

Local Uniform Rates

Local Uniform Rates.

The introduction of the principle of local uniform-rates as a method of preventing the exploitation of our low rates for certain commodities by firms who use road vehicles for competitive transport against us in other classes of goods, has proved successful in two ways. It has drawn public attention to a misuse of the railway rating system which was tending to bring about conditions likely to cause a rise in railway freight rates all round, and it has induced many important business firms to decide to send all their goods by rail in order to avoid the disadvantages which the application. of this principle to their traffic would entail. I have been very pleased to find the general good spirit and understanding attitude in which the new conditions have been accepted by the bulk of the business people affected. This has increased my confidence that the action taken was the right one and strengthens the case for definite action in the one or two instances where our representations have not been accepted.