Household goods compliance date moved

| 10/2/2003

The 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.

Two organizations wanted further clarification, and the FMCSA wants to have ample time to consider their concerns.

"We 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 said.

On 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.

The 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.

The 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, docket number FMCSA-97-2979.