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Section 17, Carriage By Road Act 2007: Common Carrier General Responsibility

Section 17 of the Carriage by Road Act, 2007: General responsibility of common carrier, reads as follows—

Save as otherwise provided in this Act, a common carrier shall be responsible for the loss, destruction, damage or deterioration in transit or non-delivery of any consignment entrusted to him for carriage, arising from any cause except the following, namely:-

 (a) act of God;
 (b) act of war or public enemy;
 (c) riots and civil commotion;
 (d) arrest, restraint or seizure under legal process;
 (e) order or restriction or prohibition imposed by the Central Government or a State Government or by an officer or authority subordinate to the Central Government or a State Government authorised by it in this behalf:

 Provided that the common carrier shall not be relieved of its responsibility for the loss, destruction, damage, deterioration or non-delivery of the consignment if the common carrier could have avoided such loss, destruction, damage or deterioration or non-delivery had the common carrier exercised due deligence and care in the carriage of the consignment.

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