- Individual or organization engaged in transporting passengers or goods for hire. "Carrier" means any person engaged in the transportation of passengers or property by land, as a common, contract, or private carrier, or freight forwarder as those terms are used in the Interstate Commerce Act, as amended, and officers, agents and employees of such carriers. 18 U.S.C.A. No. 831.See also certified carriers@ common carrierCommon carriers are those that hold themselves out or undertake to carry persons or goods of all persons indifferently, or of all who choose to employ it. Merchants Parcel Delivery v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, 150 Pa.Super. 120, 28 A.2d 340, 344.Those whose occupation or business is transportation of persons or things for hire or reward.Common carriers of passengers are those that undertake to carry all persons indifferently who may apply for passage, so long as there is room, and there is no legal excuse for refusal.+Any carrier required by law to convey passengers or freight without refusal if the approved fare or charge is paid in contrast to private or contract carrier. One who holds himself out to the public as engaged in business of transportation of persons or property from place to place for compensation, and who offers services to the public generally. Tilson v. Ford Motor Co., D.C.Mich., 130 F.Supp. 676, 678.Such is to be distinguished from a contract carrier or private carrier.See carrier@ private carrierPrivate carriers are those who transport only in particular instances and only for those they choose to contract with@ carrier's lienThe right to hold the consignee's cargo until payment is made for the work of transporting it@
Black's law dictionary. HENRY CAMPBELL BLACK, M. A.. 1990.