Beginning in 2014, the FMCSA will require an interstate household goods moving company undergo additional registration requirements - in the form of a written test to demonstrate knowledge and compliance with the regulations. United States federal law as codified in 49 U.S.C. Section 13902(a)(1)(D) established as one of several criteria to operate an interstate household goods moving company; that the carrier have passed a written proficiency examination.
The Law Offices of Michael Garcia specializes in interstate and intrastate transportation law and the representation of household goods moving companies and consumers in actions against moving companies. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and training, tariff and contract requirements, and consumer protection laws. Mr. Garcia's practice has a strong emphasis on training in order to avoid litigation and regulatory actions by educating moving companies to operate in compliance with the law and to protect consumers.
Moving Company Laws Regulatory Compliance:
Moving company representation: Mr. Garcia's regulatory compliance practice includes training, drafting of shipping documents (bill of lading, order for service, binding estimate, non-binding estimate, etc.). Mr. Garcia's firm publishes custom interstate moving company tariffs in compliance with FMCSA and STB regulations. Mr. Garcia's firm also represents moving companies in regulatory actions and civil lawsuits against moving companies.
Lawsuit Against Moving Company:
Consumer representation: Mr. Garcia's represents consumers in lawsuits against moving companies and in arbitration. Lawsuits against moving companies may include damages to property, breach of contract, tariff or regulatory violations, and hostage loads.
Mr. Garcia is admitted to practice before all state courts in California; and the United States District Court Northern District of California. He frequently represents motor carriers in administrative actions before the United States DOT FMCSA Eastern, Southern, Midwestern, and Western Service Centers.
The information contained on this website is designed for informational purposes only. Nothing on this website is designed or intended to constitute legal advice. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the moving industry change frequently and may be interpreted differently by different people. If you need specific legal advice you should consult Mr. Garcia directly or a representative from the US DOT.
Interstate Moving Company Regulatory Compliance Test
Self-Test, answers, Explanations, and Study Guide
This legal compliance test and study guide is designed to be a resource and compliance tool for interstate moving companies, interstate brokers, and those working in the interstate household goods industry. This test may be used as one tool to help prepare for the FMCSA's proficiency examination. The questions in this legal compliance exam and study guide are based on the FMCSA regulations governing interstate moving companies and cover the areas of: safety regulations, consumer protection laws, claims processing, tariff rates, contracts and forms, operations, valuation, and more. Answering the exam questions correctly may demonstrate a proficiency of the regulations governing interstate household goods moving companies.