Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is delaying the compliance
date for its interim final rule governing interstate transportation
of household goods by movers and brokers. A new compliance date
will be announced in the Federal Register before the next
peak moving season begins on May 15, 2004.
organizations wanted further clarification, and the FMCSA wants
to have ample time to consider their concerns.
will ensure that the new compliance date will afford the greatest
possible protection to consumers while providing the household goods
transportation industry with the lead time necessary to revise their
operational procedures," FMCSA Administrator Annette M. Sandberg
Aug. 25, the FMCSA received reconsideration petitions from the American
Moving and Storage Association, Alexandria, VA; United Van Lines,
LLC, Fenton, MO; and Mayflower Transit, LLC, also Fenton.
interim final rule, titled "Transportation of Household Goods;
Consumer Protection Regulations," requires interstate household
goods carriers to provide written estimates, have an arbitration
program for individual shippers, deliver goods on agreed-upon dates,
publish truthful advertisements containing their name and DOT number,
and weigh shipments of customers given non-binding cost estimates.
rule appeared in the Federal Register June 11, 2003, and
was effective Sept. 9, 2003. The compliance date was to have been
March 1, 2004. The new date will appear at http://dms.dot.gov/,
docket number FMCSA-97-2979.