Docket Numbers: TV-120423, TV-120425, TV-120426, TV-120428, TV-120429, TV-120488
State takes action against six illegal moving companies
Olympia, Wash. – State regulators took action today against six residential moving companies that have been operating without permits in Washington.
An administrative law judge at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) has ordered five moving companies operating without permits to cease and desist from providing residential moving services until they obtain the required permits and insurance.
The five companies are:
• Ace Moving of Coeur d’Alene, ID, owned by Jesse Raymond.
• Dave Martin of Mount Vernon.
• Handy Helpers of Sandpoint, ID, owned by James Ivy.
• Jay’s Moving Co. a/k/a Jeffrey’s Moving Company of Everett, owned by Carl J. Washington.
• Major Movers of Marysville, owned by Travis Molenda.
In these five cases, the companies received financial penalties between $2,000 and $5,000 each, which the judge mitigated to $200 to $500 on the condition that the companies comply with state laws and rules governing intrastate household goods moving companies.
The sixth company, Everett-based Jimmy’s Moving & Storage, owned by James Randolph, failed to appear at the hearing. Mr. Randolph has been penalized $5,000 and is ordered to cease and desist from providing moving services.
The UTC is the state agency in charge of enforcing consumer protection and safety regulations for more than 200 residential moving companies operating within the state. Movers are required to get a permit from the UTC, charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance and keep their vehicles safely maintained. The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.