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Chapter 4965 | Passenger Fares

Section 4965.50 | Rates of passenger fare.

A company operating a railroad in whole or in part in this state may demand and receive for the transportation of passengers on its railroad, a fare not exceeding three cents per mile, for a distance of more than five miles, but the fare shall always be made that multiple of five nearest reached by multiplying the rate by the distance.

Section 4965.51 | Excess fare on trains.

Any company operating a railroad in whole or in part within this state which has posted proper notice to that effect in a conspicuous place in each waiting room and on the front of its depot building may collect ten cents in addition to the fare allowed by law when such fare is paid on the train, if an office at the point at which the passenger boarded the train was open for the sale of tickets at least thirty minutes next prior to the departure of such train.

Section 4965.52 | Rates of fare and freight on branch roads.

A railroad company may demand and receive for the transportation of passengers on a branch road, the length of which does not exceed ten miles, a fare not exceeding six cents per mile, and for transportation of property such reasonable rates as are fixed by the company or prescribed by law.

Section 4965.53 | Bicycle as baggage.

For the purposes specified in this section, bicycles, with or without lanterns or toolboxes attached, are baggage, shall be transported as such for passengers by all railroad companies, and are subject to the same charges and liabilities as other baggage. No passenger shall be required to crate, cover, or otherwise protect a bicycle. Such companies are not required to transport more than one bicycle for a single person.

Section 4965.54 | Liability for loss or damage to freight regardless of contract or rule of common carrier.

Any common carrier, railroad, or motor carrier receiving property at a point within this state for transportation to a point within this state, shall issue a receipt or bill of lading for such property and is liable to the lawful holder of it for any loss, damage, or injury to such property caused by it or by any common carrier, railroad, or transportation company to which such property is delivered or over whose line such property passes. No contract, receipt, rule, or regulation shall exempt such common carrier, railroad, or motor carrier from the liability imposed by this section. This section does not deprive any holder of such receipt or bill of lading of any remedy or right of action which the holder has under existing law.

The common carrier, railroad, or motor carrier issuing such receipt or bill of lading may recover from the common carrier, railroad, or motor carrier on whose line the loss, damage, or injury was sustained the amount of such loss, damage, or injury it is required to pay the owners of such property as is evidenced by any receipt, judgment, or transcript thereof.

As used in this section, "motor carrier" has the same meaning as in section 4923.01 of the Revised Code.

Section 4965.55 | Storage and warehouse certificate.

A railroad company organized under the laws of this state, upon the receipt of iron ore, grain, or other merchandise from any vessel, watercraft, or other source for storage and deposit, duly consigned to such company, upon the request of the owner of such ore, grain, or other merchandise, with the written consent of the consignee, may issue to the owner of such ore, grain, or other merchandise, a certificate, receipt, or voucher which shall name the railroad company by which the ore, grain, or other merchandise is held at the time such certificate, receipt, or voucher is issued, to whom such ore, grain, or other merchandise was consigned, the quantity held by such company, and the quality or grade of it, but not incurring any liability for the grade or quality. Such certificate, receipt, or voucher shall be signed by the president or vice-president of the company, and countersigned by the general agent of the company appointed for that purpose, or such other officer as is appointed by such railroad company, and is transferable and negotiable by indorsement on it, by the person to whose order it is made payable. On the presentation of the certificate, receipt, or voucher, so indorsed to such railroad company at its general offices, by the holder and on demand, the company shall deliver to the holder, the iron ore, grain, or other merchandise described in it, on the payment by such person to the railroad company of all proper charges thereon.

Section 4965.56 | Track connections.

When the track of a railroad company crosses, connects, or intersects a track of the same gauge of another company, either company may connect the tracks of the two railroads so crossing, connecting, or intersecting so as to admit the passage of cars from one railroad to another with facility and avoid the necessity of transferring freight from such cars.

Section 4965.57 | Companies must transport cars of other companies.

When the tracks of two railroad companies are connected as provided in section 4965.56 of the Revised Code, either company, when required, shall transport any freight offered over its railroad to its destination on such railroad in cars in which it is offered at its local rates per mile as set forth in its freight tariff for the distance most nearly corresponding, and return the cars, with or without freight or unnecessary delay.

Section 4965.58 | Companies must switch cars of other companies.

When the tracks of one railroad company lie contiguous to coal mines, stone quarries, manufacturing establishments, elevators, warehouses, navigable waters, or sidetracks, suitable for loading or unloading, it shall switch the cars of other companies, at the request of such companies or the shippers, over and upon the tracks so lying by such mines, quarries, manufacturing establishments, elevators, warehouses, navigable waters, or sidetracks, for the purpose of unloading or loading grain or other freight into or from such elevators, warehouses, boats upon such navigable waters, or sidetrack without demurrage for forty-eight hours.

Section 4965.59 | Bond - certificate of compliance.

(A) Every person, firm, or corporation engaging in the sale of steamship or railroad tickets for transportation to or from foreign countries shall execute and deliver a bond to the state approved by, and filed in the office of, the secretary of state, in the sum of five thousand dollars, conditioned for the selling of genuine and valid steamship or railroad tickets for such transportation.

(B) Such bond shall be executed by such person, firm, or corporation as principal, with at least two sureties who are responsible and owners of real estate within this state. The bond of a surety company may be received or cash or any securities enumerated in section 1111.04 of the Revised Code, may be accepted in lieu thereof. Upon the relation of any party aggrieved, a suit to recover on such bond may be brought.

(C) No person, firm, or corporation shall engage in such business until it has obtained from the secretary of state a certificate of compliance with this section. The certificate shall be conspicuously displayed in the place of business of such person, firm, or corporation.

(D) The secretary of state shall keep a book to be known as a "bond book," in which the secretary of state shall place in alphabetical order all such bonds received by the secretary of state, showing the date of receipt, the name, place of residence, and place of business of the principal, the names of sureties upon the bond, and the name of the officer before whom the bond was executed or acknowledged. Such record shall be open to public inspection. The secretary of state shall collect a fee of five dollars for each bond so filed.

(E) This section does not apply to national banks, to incorporated and qualified railroad, steamship, or express companies, or to banks or trust companies.

(F) Whoever violates division (A), (B), or (C) of section 4965.59 of the Revised Code, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.