The State of Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers regulates household movers. The mover must publish their tariff with the Division. This tariff outlines all of the services and charges for the mover, and the Division holds all movers in the state of Rhode Island responsible for following by their published rates, policies, and procedures.
Local movers are required to have a local MC # on their vehicles, along with a DOT# a and a MC # if interstate. In the state of Rhode Island, most moves are done on an hourly basis, and most companies will charge peak rates on the weekend.
One important thing to remember is that you make sure your local mover carries workers compensation insurance and the proper licensing on equipment and vehicles.
To find out more on tariffs or if the company is licensed, you can call:Division of Public Utilities and Carriers
89 Jefferson Blvd Warwick, RI 02888 401-941-4500 (Main #) 401-780-2158(Motor Carriers Division, Becky Harwood) www.ripuc.org The Better Business Bureau of Rhode Island www.RhodeIsland.bbb.org 235 West Central Street, Suite 1
Natick, MA 01760-3767 http://search.bbb.org/search.html (Reliability Report)
For any questions on interstate moves, and finding a licensed mover, you may contact the:Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration www.fmcsa.dot.gov 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, DC 20590 1-800-832-5660 Protect Your Move (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) www.protectyourmove.gov US Department of Transportation www.dot.gov 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, DC 20590 1-800-877-8339 1-866-377-8642 American Moving & Storage Association www.moving.org 1611 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 1-800-849-2672
The following is a list of related moving contacts:State of Rhode Island Attorney General www.riag.state.ri.us 150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 274-4400 Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce www.centralrichamber.com 3288 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
FAX: (401) 732-1107 Rhode Island Division of Insurance Regulation www.dbr.state.ri.us/divisions/insurance 1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920 (401) 462-9500