Kentucky adopts new rules on HHG movers, insurance

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 5/14/2014

Two new laws in Kentucky cover household goods movers and proof of insurance.

Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill into law that is intended to help start-ups in the household goods moving industry.

Kentucky law now requires owners of household goods companies to approve new businesses.

Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, said the rule prohibits free enterprise and new business.

Previously SB23, the new law authorizes the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to issue a household goods certificate to any qualified applicant. The department will set requirements and standards for HHG carriers.

The departmental fee to file an application or renewal will be $250. In addition, background checks will be required on employees of HHG movers.

The new law takes effect July 15.

Another bill signed by the governor no longer requires most Kentucky truckers and other drivers to carry proof of insurance.

The new law instead allows police to check whether a driver has vehicle insurance by checking the Automated Vehicle Information System through a computer in the officer’s patrol car.

“Much of what we do in our daily lives can be done by electronic means instead of paperwork,” Rep. Ken Upchurch, R-Monticello, recently stated.

Upchurch said the change authorized in HB218 is “a no nonsense way to utilize AVIS for confirming insurance coverage for Kentucky drivers.”

Drivers who recently purchased a vehicle, or changed insurance carriers, will still need to carry documented proof in their vehicle for the first 45 days.

Upchurch said the exception is needed to give the state enough time to update the system.

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