Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today took action against five residential moving companies, including two in the South Sound, that have been operating without permits.
An administrative law judge ordered the five moving companies to stop providing residential moving services until they obtain the required permit.
- Auburn-based TS Moving Services, owned by Tiraogo Simpore, received a $5,000 penalty, of which $4,500 was suspended on the condition that the company does not operate without a permit. The company applied for and was issued a permit on May 18.
- Kent-based White Mountain Moving, owned by Eustacio Galeana, received a $5,000 penalty, of which $4,000 was suspended on the condition that the company does not operate without a permit.
Two other companies in Seattle and one in Lynnwood were named in today’s non-compliance announcement.
The UTC is the state’s watchdog agency in charge of enforcing consumer protection and safety regulations for more than 200 residential moving companies operating within the state. Movers must charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance and keep their vehicles safely maintained. The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.