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State regulators order a Seattle moving company to shut down

Nov. 10, 2010
Docket Number: TV-100342

Olympia, Wash. – State regulators ordered a Seattle-based residential moving company to shut down business operations and pay a stiff penalty.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is imposing a $30,000 penalty on AMX-A Moving Experience, Inc., for violating consumer protection laws and operating illegally without a valid permit. The company refused to respond to repeated notices to apply for a legal permit and comply with state consumer protection and safety regulations.

The Seattle mover was cited for publicizing its services to the public despite a new state law that forbids advertising its services to the public without a valid permit. The company advertised illegally on various Internet sites, including Craiglist and its own website.

The UTC 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 are required to get a permit from the UTC, charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance, drug test their drivers and keep their vehicles safely maintained. The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.

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Staff contact: Marilyn Meehan
Posted/updated: 12/16/2010

 

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