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[WORDS ILLEGIBLE] the occasion to plyg [WORD ILLEGIBLE] legislation he supports which would substantially reduce regulation of air passenger service as well. "I hope this is just the first of many steps to get the government out to the regulatory business which quite often works contrary to the interest of consumers," he said, adding his hope that "without delay this same general principle can be applied to the carrying of passengers."
Under the new law, permits granting nationwide cargo operating authority will be issued automatically by the CAB to all cargo carriers providing service since January as well as to commuter airlines performing all-cargo operations continuously over the past 12 months. After a year, carriers not already covered may apply to the CAB for a certificate which can be awarded after a finding by the board that the applicant is "fit, willing and able."
The routes and rates of the all-cargo airlines will not be suject to CAB regulations, nor will rates for cargo carried on combination passenger-cargo flights unless the board finds the rates discriminatory, preferential, prejudicial or predatory.
Two cargo carriers whose officers have complained about CAB regulations in the past will benefit immediately by the law signed yesterday. One of them, Federal Express Corp., will get its sought after certificate after being in the business four and a half years.
Fredrick Smith, chairman of Federal Express, called the new law "a milestone in the struggle of the all-cargo business to free itself of unwanted and unneeded regulation."
Flying Tiger Line, which has been serving ten U.S. cities and a half a dozen Asian countries and has been seeking to add to its route structure, also will benefit immediately, Joseph J. Healy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the all-cargo carrier, already has announced an expansion of service to 10 more cities, including Washington/Baltimore, early next year.
The mine safety legislation would apply coal-mine safety rules to other miners as well. The bill also transfers safety enforcement from the Interior Department to the Labor Department.
Carter said the mine safety bill "goes far forward in protecting not only the miners in the coal fields . . . but also miners who produce metals other than coal."
Carter said 113 miners were killed and 7,000 others disabled in the United States last year.
The mine safety bill establishes a new system of penalties for violators and makes it easier for the government to shut down unsafe mines.
Sponsors of the bill had contended that the Interior Department, responsible for encouraging increased mine productivity, should not also be charged with looking out for miners' safely and health.
The bill also established a new, independent, five-member Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
Sen. Harrison A. Williams Jr. (D-N.J.) chairman of the Senate Human Resources Committee which wrote the mine safety bill, said many of the provisions in the bill resulted from the committee's investigation of the disasters which claimed 26 lives last February in Scotia, Ky.
"This bill will make it more difficult for a mine operator to repeatedly disregard the law and ignore the safety and health of miners," Williams said.
Other provisions of the airline package signed by the President yesterday would:
Permit intrastate airlines operating in California and Florida to enter into agreement with interstate airlines for through ticketing and baggage service for connecting passengers.
The through ticketing will allow passengers to save money on "joint fare" ticket arrangements allowed by the CAB.
Give the CAB the authority to approve reduced air fares on a stand-by basis for persons 60 years or older and for the handicapped. The CAB has not let airlines offer such rates in recent years because they were deeded "discriminatory" and illegal under the CAB statutes.
Require airlines to give the public and the CAB 45 days notice of fare changes. The board will be required to approve or dispprove the proposed changes at least 15 days before the effective date. CAPTION: Picture, President Carter yesterday signs the air-cargo deregulation and the mine safety bills in a ceremony including, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Sen. Jennings Randolph (D-W.Va.), Labor Secretary Marshall, Rep. John Hammerschmidt (R-Ark.), Mr. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Ford (D-Ky.), Transportation Secretary Brock Adams and Rep. Glenn Anderson (D-Calif.), UPI