FMCSA fines carriers, broker for violating HHG regulations

| Friday, March 29, 2002

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Thursday it has fined two for-hire motor carriers and one household goods broker. The carriers and broker were assessed civil penalties of $61,000, $58,000 and $6,000, respectively.

Eilid Moving & Storage Inc. and On Budget Van Lines Inc., both of Richmond Hill, NY, and National Moving Network Inc. of Miami, were served with notice of claim letters to initiate enforcement action for violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Commercial Regulations.

Eilid and On Budget each were cited for failing to publish a tariff, failing to participate in a dispute settlement program, failing to provide the required consumer information "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move," failing to retain copies of estimates, failing to properly prepare bills of lading, and operating a charge card plan without a tariff provision.

Individually, Eilid also was cited for failing to follow loss and damage claims procedures. In addition, On Budget was cited for operating without legal authority, requiring shippers to sign documents releasing the carrier from its liability, and failure to have a copy of all active agency agreements. National Moving Network, a household goods broker, was cited for violations involving failing to disclose its broker status in advertising and representing its operations as a motor carrier.

The motor carriers and broker will have the opportunity to contest the alleged violations and the penalty amounts in an agency proceeding.

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