common carrier
common carrier n: a business or agency that is available to the public for transportation of persons, goods, or messages compare contract carrier

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

common carrier
a person who publicly undertakes to carry any goods or persons for payment on the routes operated. A common carrier is under duties to carry everyone who offers to pay his charges and to answer as an insurer for everything carried. However, a carrier is not a common carrier if he holds himself out as ready to carry for the public at large only in connection with some other business to which the carriage of goods is merely ancillary.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


common carrier
An individual, a company, or a public utility (like municipal buses) that is in the regular business of transporting people or freight, and must do so as long as the approved charge or fare is paid.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


common carrier
An individual or business that advertises to the public that it is available for hire to transport people or property in exchange for a fee.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


common carrier
An individual or business that advertises to the public that it is available for hire to transport people or property in exchange for a fee.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

common carrier
n.
   an individual, a company or a public utility (like municipal buses) which is in the regular business of transporting people and/or freight. This is distinguished from a private carrier, which only transports occasionally or as a one-time-only event.
   See also: carrier

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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