Regulators adopt tougher rules for movers

July 24, 2012

By Staff

In a bid to protect consumers, state regulators adopted stricter entry requirements July 9 for residential moving companies in Washington.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission established tougher guidelines for applicants seeking to provide household goods and residential moving services within the state.

The requirements include mandatory criminal background checks for employees. Movers must also not have any convictions for certain felony crimes in the previous five years, provide evidence of enrollment in a drug and alcohol testing program, own or lease proper equipment, and hold a valid Washington driver’s license.

Movers must also get a permit from the Utilities and Transportation Commission, charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance and keep vehicles safely maintained.

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. The commission does not regulate movers operating across state lines.

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