Moving is a stressful time. There are so many things to take care of. Plus when you hire a moving company there is the necessity of dealing with them and seeing that they transport your goods safely. A lot of people are unaware of their basic rights when moving. This article will give you a brief outline of your rights when moving so as to enable you to have a peaceful and worry-free moving experience.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made it compulsory for movers to provide you with a booklet titled “Your rights and responsibilities when you move” prior to the moving process. Furthermore a copy of this booklet is also available on the FMCSA website www.protectyourmove.gov. You may also receive further information regarding your rights when moving at this website.
The regulations listed in this booklet only apply when the mover is transporting your goods from one state to another though basic guidelines obviously apply in single commercial zone moves.
A) Full-Value Protection (FVP): This is the most comprehensive option available for the protection of your goods. This is the type of protection that is applicable unless you waive it in writing. If any article is lost, destroyed, or damaged while in your mover’s custody, your mover has to either repair or replace the article, or pay you the cost of repair or replacement of the article.
B) Release Value of 60 Cents Per Pound Per Article: This is the other type of protection on offer. It is free of cost but offers only minimal protection. To obtain this kind of protection you need to waive full value protection in writing. You must sign a specific statement on the bill of lading agreeing to real value protection. Under this option, the mover assumes liability for no more than 60 cents per pound, per article. Thus if you have an item weighing 20 pounds worth say 500$, on loss, the liability of the mover would be merely be $12 (20 pounds x 60 cents per pound).
This is a brief outline of your rights when moving. We have tried to cover all major points. We hope you found this article on your rights when moving useful and helpful.