State regulators crack down on illegal movers

June 17, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2012

State regulators took action June 13 against residential moving companies for operating without permits in Washington.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission cracked down after a judge ordered five companies operating without permits to cease and desist until they obtain the required permits and insurance.

The companies received financial penalties between $2,000 and $5,000 apiece. The judge reduced the fine to $200 to $500 if the companies comply with state laws and rules for intrastate movers.

The penalized companies include Ace Moving, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Dave Martin, of Mount Vernon; Handy Helpers, of Sandpoint, Idaho; Jay’s Moving Co. or Jeffrey’s Moving Company, of Everett; and Major Movers, of Marysville.

Regulators also fined another company, Jimmy’s Moving & Storage, of Everett. The owner failed to appear at the hearing.

The commission is the state agency in charge of enforcing consumer protection and safety regulations for more than 200 residential moving companies operating within the state. Movers must get a permit from the Utilities and Transportation Commission, charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance and keep vehicles safely maintained.

The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.

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