AUTO MAKERS FIGHT FREIGHT CHANGES
The New York Times
April 4, 1914
Charges for "Spotting" and Trackage Opposed—Bill to Regulate Motor Cyclists.
Automobile manufacturers have taken a stand against any change in freight rates which would discriminate against motor cars. Opposition to such a change developed at the recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce here, following an report of the Traffic Committee of that body is which the statement is made that if the suggestion now before the Interstate Commerce Commission is adopted, the railroads will charge automobile manufacturers for "spotting," or placing cars on factory sidings, and, in addition, trackage charges will be assessed on automobile shipments which are not promptly accepted by the consignee.
The chamber has vigorously opposed a new rule suggested by the Official Classification Committee, which would prevent combining trucks with passenger machines in making up carload shipments to dealers. At the meeting, over which Charles Clifton presided, it was decided to have the chamber report at the argument on dunnage allowances before the commission in Washington on April 16.
While the proposed charge for spotting is intended to cover all commodities, it is believed that the railroads contemplate a special charge for trackage on motor car shipments because the freight cars used for shipments of this kind are mainly of the forty-foot type with centre doors. At the same meeting the plans for a national touring week were favorably discussed and a definite date in June will probably be set after a further conference with the Touring Board of the American Automobile Association. Those present at the meeting in addition to Mr. Clifton were Windsor T. White, Hugh Chalmers, I. H. Kittredge, Wilfred C. Leland, H. H. Rice, W. E. Metzger, S. T. Davis, Jr., H. O. Smith, and Alfred Reeves.
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