Wednesday, January 15, 2014

26 US Unlicensed Trucking Companies Fined For Intrastate Road Haulage and Removal Operations

Additional FMCSA Fines for Some Offenders after 'Mother's Attic' Sting
Shipping News Feature

US – Authorities in New Jersey have cited 26 unlicensed road haulage and removal firms with violating state law as a result of a 4 day sting operation. Each firm has been fined $2,500 for soliciting intrastate moves without a state licence. Two of the trucking companies are facing an additional penalty of $25,000, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), for crossing state lines without having the necessary operating authority to perform interstate transportation, thereby violating Federal regulations. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said:

“Horror stories about predatory movers are all too common. By its very nature, the moving industry touches the lives of consumer when they are vulnerable and when they must rely on strangers to transport their valued possessions. These situations create the potential for abuse. We are enforcing New Jersey’s licencing laws in order to protect consumers and, just as importantly, to ensure a level playing field for New Jersey’s many honest and licenced moving companies.”

The sting operation, named ‘Operation Mother’s Attic’, took place from November 19 through 22 where in the preceding days, State Consumer Affairs investigators posed as consumers seeking to make an ordinary household move. The investigators booked appointments with suspected unlicensed movers, who solicited work with online listings, and arranged for the moving crews to be sent to a self-storage facility in Ledgewood. Upon arrival, the movers were confronted by a team of investigators from the Consumer Affairs unit, the FMCSA, ICE, and State Police. Director of Consumer Affairs Eric Kanefsky, said:

“The goal of this undercover operation is to bring these moving companies into compliance with the law, or keep them out of our State – to protect New Jersey’s consumers, and to ensure a competitive playing field for New Jersey’s 290 duly licenced moving companies. In addition, we have become one of the first states to join with the US Department of Transportation in a partnership that will enable the Division of Consumer Affairs to enforce federal laws pertaining to interstate movers.”

Under State law, all movers who operate intrastate must be licenced by the State Division of Consumer Affairs. State-licenced movers must protect consumer’s goods by maintaining cargo liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and bodily injury and property damage insurance. Licenced companies also must maintain a bona fide business address in New Jersey. They must register each moving vehicle they use in the state, and keep the vehicles insured and in compliance with inspection requirements. Movers also must provide consumers with a written estimate of the cost of the move.

The following moving companies are alleged to be unlicensed, but have an opportunity to request a hearing before the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, if they dispute the allegations against them.

2 Men and a Truck, of Garfield

A Few Good Guys With a Truck, of East Orange

Active Moving, Inc., aka Manhattan Movers, aka Best Movers, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Alessi Moving, Inc., d/b/a Alessi Moving & Storage, of Stockholm

Always Moving Services, Inc., aka NYC Affordable Moving, of East Orange

Blue Star Moving & Storage, LLC, of Paterson

Cardinal Moving, Inc., of Wayne*

Cheap as Heck Movers, LLC, of East Orange

D&D Moving & Delivery, aka NNJ Moving Help, of Palisades Park

Deliveries Made Correct Enterprise, LLC, aka Budget Movers, of East Orange

E.J. Mayer Transportation Systems, Inc., d/b/a EJ Mayer Moving, of Westwood

Elite Movers, of Paterson

George’s Moving & Trucking Co., Inc. aka George’s & Son’s Moving, of Rockaway

Good Life Moving Services, of Orange

Jaco Movers, LLC, of Middlesex

Jesus Loves Moving, LLC, of Newark

Just In Time Moving and Storage, Inc., of Kenilworth

Lakewood Movers, LLC, of Lakewood

M4U Inc., d/b/a Moving For You, of Ridgefield

Metro Movers, LLC, of Jersey City

Morristown Moving Services, LLC d/b/a M.M.S Delivery Service, aka MMS Moving Service, LLC, of Waldwick

Moving Help, aka A1 Movers, of Parsippany

Plantwurx aka Van & a Man, of Fort Lee

Practical Movers, Inc., aka South Jersey Movers, Inc., of Philadelphia, P.A.

Shamrock Moving & Storage, Inc., of Galloway*

TLC Movers, LLC, of Marlboro

* Cardinal Moving and Shamrock Moving & Storage both face the additional $25,000 Federal penalties. Two moving company employees were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on site, due to outstanding warrants and seven firms appeared with rental trucks or a rental trailer. One truck was condemned by State Police for dangerous safety violations, including severely worn tyres and oil leaks. The penalties can be reduced to $1,250 for any company that applies for State licensure within 30 days, four companies having already submitted applications.