96 STAT. 1110
Regulations, effective date.
49 USC 10706 note. Collective ratemaking process; investigation and study.
PUBLIC LAW 97-261—SEPT. 20, 1982
voting upon any joint rate proposed by one or more motor common carriers of passengers. This subparagraph shall not apply to any rate applicable to special or charter transportation. This subparagraph and subparagraph (B)(i)(II) of this paragraph shall not apply to the following: "(i) any general rate increase or decrease, broad change in tariff structure, or promotional or innovative fare change, as defined by the Commission and subject to such notice requirements, as the Commission may specify by regulation, if discussion of such general increase or decrease is limited to industry average carrier costs and intermodal competitive factors and does not include discussion of individual markets or particular single-line rates or joint rates; and "(ii) publishing of tariffs^ filing of independent actions for individual member carriers, providing of support services for members, and changes in rules or regulations which are of at least substantially general application throughout the area in which such changes will apply. "(F) After the effective date of this subparagraph, no agreement approved under this subsection may provide for discussion of or voting upon any rate applicable to special or charter transportation proposed by a motor common carrier of passengers. This subparagraph shall not apply to publication of any such rate.". (c) Subsection (b) of section 10706 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraph: "(5) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subtitle (other than paragraph (3)(F) of this subsection, relating to special and charter transportation of passengers), before January 1, 1983, the Commission may not take any action which would, on the basis of the type of carrier service involved (including service by carriers singly or in combination with other carriers), result in the exclusion of one or more motor common carriers of passengers from discussion or voting under agreements authorized by this subsection on matters concerning rates, allowances, or divisions, except that before January 1, 1983, the Commission may issue regulations which take effect on or after January 1, 1983, to carry out the provisions of paragraph (3)(E) of this subsection.". (d) The first sentence of section 10706(c) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking out "of property". (e)(1) Paragraph (2) of section 14(b) of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-296; 94 Stat. 806) is amended to read as follows: "(2)(A) The Study Commission shall make (i) a full and complete investigation and study of the collective ratemaking process for all rates of motor common carriers of property and upon the need or lack of need for continued antitrust immunity therefor, and (ii) a full and complete investigation and study of the collective ratemaking process for general rate changes, innovative fare changes, and broad changes in tariff structure of motor common carriers of passengers and upon the need or lack of need for antitrust immunity therefor. The Study Commission may study the collective ratemaking process for single-line or joint-line rates of motor common carriers of passengers. Each such study shall estimate the impact of the elimination of such immunity upon rate levels and rate structures and describe the impact of the elimination of such immunity upon the Interstate Commerce Commission and its staff. Each such