TITLE

In Transport Services

AUTHOR(S)
Hibbs, John
PUB. DATE
November 2001
SOURCE
Logistics & Transport Focus;Nov2001, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p33
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article questions the practice of government intervention in transportation services in Great Britain offers explanations of the effects. It might be said that the great misperception inherited from the 19th century has been set aside, other than for railways. It has been suggested that government after 1979 carried out in practice the laissez-faire that Victorian governments are often thought to have promoted. Yet the temptation to intervene seems to remain, and the excuse of integration or perhaps coordination has been reinvented. Its significant failure under the British Transport Commission seems to have been forgotten. The idea that transport requires some sort of intervention that is not applicable to the retail trade, and that it is in some way exempt from the normal processes of supply and demand, seems to have been resurrected by a government anxious to practice 'command and control.'
ACCESSION #
11940616

 

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