Public Carrier

A public carrier is a vehicle or fleet of vehicles in the business of transporting the public; for example, city transit service, airline (see Chapter 24: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers and 21.6: Planning and Processing Central Billing for Consumer Airfare, bus company, and taxi company.

Private or Third-Party Carrier

A private carrier is a vehicle not customarily for hire, owned by a person or private organization other than the consumer. For example, you may pay the consumer's family member, a neighbor, or a residential service provider to transport the consumer if he or she has no car or is otherwise unable to drive because of his or her disability and has no access to other, less expensive transportation.