Common carrier definition

What does Common carrier mean?

A common carrier is a person who carries goods of every person wishing to use his services or passengers whoever they might be.

A common carrier is one who holds himself out to be a carrier of goods or of persons for a reward. He is bound to accept goods which are offered to him for carriage and is liable to the owner of the goods for damage suffered in consequence of wrongful refusal to carriage. The law of the common carrier is determined by the common law and may be varied by contract, and derives from the status of common carrier rather than any contractual theory whether actual or implied. Whether or not a person is a common carrier is in every case a question of fact. The question is not determined by the carrier's private intention, nor by his description of his own business, although it may be inferred from the character of that business that he is a common carrier.

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Common carrier is referenced 1 in Halsbury's Laws of England

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