Law Offices of Michael Garcia
Law Offices of Michael Garcia
Contact information and mailing address:
525 B Street, 15th Floor
San Diego, California 92101
Telephone: 1-877-299-0550
Fax: 1-877-845-6048
Transportation law  •  Tariff Publishing  •  Regulatory Compliance  •  Consumer Protection
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Michael Garcia is an attorney from Santa Clara, California and the principal of the Law Office of Michael Garcia. Mr. Garcia is an author, trial attorney, and consumer protection attorney. His firm specializes in interstate and intrastate transportation law and the representation of household goods moving companies, bus and passenger carriers, and consumers. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and training, tariff and contract requirements, safety compliance, and consumer protection laws. Mr. Garcia's practice has a strong emphasis on training in order to avoid litigation and regulatory actions by educating motor carriers to operate in compliance with the law and to protect consumers.

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.

Bus and Passenger Carrier representation: Mr. Garcia's representation of bus and passenger carriers focuses on licensing, regulatory compliance, and safety and fitness matters.

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.

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.

Passenger Carrier
Safety and Regulatory Compliance
Hours of Service Rules - 49 CFR § 395.5
Interstate Passenger Carrier drivers are subject to driving limitations that are established by Federal regulations. 


No interstate Passenger Carrier driver can drive:
o More than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty.
o For any period after having been on duty 15 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty.


No interstate Passenger Carrier driver can drive for any period after such driver has been on duty:
o 60 hours in any 7 consecutive days if the driver's employer does not operate every day of the week; or
o 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days if the driver's employer operates every day of the week.


Note: If a Passenger Carrier driver works more than one job of any kind, that time must also be included as on-duty time.