Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Moving Scams And Laws Governing The Moving Companies

Moving Scams have spread out like virus

Moving Scams has become the most heated up topic of discussion these days, when there's hardly any scope to trust a new mover. I have been moving across the country since years and have gathered a little bit of experience when it comes to a move - be it a domestic/ local move or a long distance one. Many of my peeps have been asking me if I could recommend any good moving company. The answer is not really easy. Had it been so easy to recommend a good mover, there wouldn't be a reason to make a post like this - talking about moving scam.

Presently the moving business are actually over seen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is a part of Federal Department of Transport (DOT). A genuine mover must have a DOT license number, which consumers must check before signing the contract. The FMCSA has as few as only nine investigators, who has to handle an incredibly huge volume of complaints against moving companies every year. When the congress dissolved the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in the year 1995, they had removed the authority from the FMCSA to raise a voice on the behalf of the consumers, whenever a moving company intended to take undue advantages of their ignorance. Putting it in simpler words, the Congress doesn't have the authority to help you out of wrinkles created by unscrupulous moving companies, even though they want to. In most cases the scam moving companies usually get escaped without paying the fine for any unlawful act they did. Evidences are their that many complaints against movers had been overlooked.

As a matter of fact there are laws governing the moving companies. But on the other level, the moving industry is unique in having some special privileges and legal loopholes that no other industry can even think of enjoying. Consumers have to fight against these legal loopholes enjoyed by the moving companies. If you find yourself trapped into the crunches of the unscrupulous acts of your mover, you can talk to the local police and file complaints with FMCSA and DOT. This is not the end of the story; you need to get in touch with the local, state or federal representatives. Media can really bring in differences! Call the media - newspaper and TV channels. you can write reviews on various free review sites to let people know the reasons for your dissatisfaction.

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