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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 19, 2015 10:03 AM
From: Senator David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Strengthening penalties for illegal household goods movers operating in Pennsylvania
Household goods movers in the Commonwealth are required by law to register and obtain a permit with the Public Utility Commission (PUC), maintain workers compensation insurance, pay wages subject to taxation and maintain insurance coverage for the goods moved.

Despite efforts by the PUC to enforce current regulations, a strong underground market exists among the household goods movers. In the near future, I will introduce legislation that will provide new penalties for illegal household goods movers enforceable by the PUC.

"Rogue" movers often pose as legal household goods movers with professional moving trucks, typically soliciting business through Craigslist advertisements but lack the permit from the PUC, do not carry workers compensation, nor do they pay proper taxes to the Department of Revenue.

Under my legislation, if a rogue mover is arrested while making an illegal household move, they shall be subject to a $5,000 fine, a third degree misdemeanor, suspension of registration and forfeiture of the motor vehicle used in the illegal move.

Each offense thereafter will be subject to a $10,000 fine and imprisonment of up to one year.

All revenue generated from fines shall go to the PUC’s Motor Carrier Enforcement.

Introduced as SB857