The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration has extended until Aug. 25, 2003, the time by which
moving companies can request changes to the agency's interim final rule
regulating household goods movers.
The extension was granted
at the request of the American Moving and Storage Association. The AMSA
is a non-profit trade association established in 1936. Its company members
include 3,200 movers operating in interstate commerce. In addition, these
companies may provide intrastate and local moving services as well as storage
in a secure warehouse.
"(FMCSA) has concurred
in your request because of the size and complexity of the household goods
moving industry," Annette Sandberg, acting FMCSA administrator, said
in a letter to AMSA President Joseph Harrison.
Sandberg also noted the
moving industry "is in the midst of the industry's busy summer season," and
the association's "need to complete the collection and analysis of
your members' input for submission to your (board of directors) to prepare
a meaningful petition for reconsideration."