Code of Ethics

Moving Authority and its membership stand united behind our official Code of Ethics. These ethics extend to exercising all services with honesty, integrity, and quality. This goes for trucking and moving services, restoration companies, and hotshot deliveries. Every member vows to serve the public in a fair, responsible manner. Engaging in the storage and transportation of household goods is no easy task. That’s why we founded Moving Authority. Our key purpose is to help ensure that all transportation organizations can thrive. And they must do so in an ethical manner. All members pledge to advance and uphold the principles and ideas written below.

The Moving Authority Code of Ethics: Section I

Our organization aims to provide a positive, enlightening message to all consumers. And that message begins with the notion of compliance. We encourage you and all other members to follow every compliance-related rule. This extends to all FMCSA and DOT rules and regulations. Plus, membership must also adhere to every local, state, and federal law. We recognize that there are many rules, laws, and regulations within the industry. That’s why the Moving Authority team is here to assist you. Our transportation experts can educate you on all rules and laws. This way, you can operate your business the right way.

Membership Code Section II: Arbitration

Adherence to rules, regulations, and laws is of the utmost importance. One key tenet of following them is to provide a claim within a thirty day period. Say that your claim gets denied. That’s when you should open an active arbitration case. This is a rule issued by the FMCSA. Your business must take part in an arbitration program on an annual basis. Every member should do this while operating an interstate commerce trucking business.  You can access arbitration services on this website and then proceed to arbitration. The Moving Authority team can also connect you to arbitral and ADR specialists. This way, you could protect your business from experiencing court litigation. If you are a member, we can direct you (in the best possible way) toward success. 

Our transportation and trucking industry experts are here for you. They can help you with any business issue or situation. Or, reference you to the correct third party business. Each business can provide the best service in your industry. And this applies to more than arbitration and ADR processes. Our operating staff stands by to assist companies facing many different issues.

Membership Code Section III: Terms of Operating as a Member

Joining our organization can position your business for ultimate success. But more than only your company can benefit. Our services help businesses which help consumers. Thus, through adherence to our code, consumers can achieve positive outcomes. This can apply to every consumer involved in a move that you perform. Our membership and code affects more than movers. It benefits the US trucking and transportation industry as a whole. 

Please browse our website to learn more about the Moving Authority membership services. These services extend to every aspect of the transportation and trucking process. Say that you have questions about becoming a member. Do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. Our industry professionals can answer all your questions. Please also direct questions to our team if you want to learn more about the Code of Ethics.

Membership Code Section IV: Treatment of Crew

The Moving Authority Code of Ethics helps ensure the fair treatment of any labor crew. While in command of your trucks, stay mindful of the conditions of your labor crew. Members must ensure that every crew gets equipped in a proper manner. This extends to providing and using the right moving equipment. Plus, first-rate operations and conditions must exist for all crew members and staff. Say that a move gets canceled. Your business must make ideal arrangements. This extends to transporting the crew back to the warehouse or home base. 

There’s no limit to the crew-related guidance that Moving Authority provides. And that guidance extends to all trucking and moving companies. Our services also extend to helping to ensure the ultimate success of every crew member. We provide knowledge to transportation and trucking industry workers. This professional guidance then assists them in becoming upstanding moving operators.

Membership Code Section V: Tariff Publishing

Moving Authority excels at providing organizations with access to tariff services. These services extend to all crucial aspects of tariff publishing. We must enforce that our membership publishes moving tariffs in the correct manner.  Say charges get applied to a customer from a company without a tariff. That’s considered a federal offense under interstate common carrier laws. This means you’ll have to return all money back to the customer. Plus, you could face expensive fines issued by authorities. Keep the following notion in mind when you’re inspected by an FMCSA agent. You will be required to perform your tariff for inspection. And it’s in your best interest to stay prepared for an inspection at all times.

Do you have questions about membership tariff publishing policies? Or, do you need help publishing moving tariffs? If so, please give the Moving Authority team a phone call today. Our experts can assist your business in publishing first-rate tariffs. We can do so fast and with 100 percent accuracy.

Membership Code Section VI: Ethics & Basic Tenets for Members

Our Code of Ethics for movers features ethical principles and tenets written below. When you become a member, Moving Authority can improve your duties. The code helps ensure that movers and consumers have a level of protection. A Moving Authority membership is unlike any other professional community. The membership  provides crucial reminders and active communication. It can also allow your business to use our banner and logo on your website. You can also apply the banner/logo to paperwork, brochures, and even your trucks.

Moving Authority commits to providing the ideal level of professional customer service. This applies to every customer, consumer, mover, and shipper. Through our organization, every move matters. That’s why members must provide accurate and honest written estimates and charges. This takes place before the loading phase of a job. These estimates and charges extend to all paid services that a member provides. Honesty and accuracy also matters when it comes to pick-up and delivery time frames. Once again, these standard processes must convert into written form. This way, every shipper and consumer has a level of protection during a move. Consistent communication is another key tenet of a Moving Authority membership. Businesses and shippers must communicate in a positive manner to consumers. This way, the customers of a company can receive accurate and honest information.

Membership Code Section VII: Compliance

We promote the highest degrees of fairness, integrity, professionalism, and honesty. Moving Authority applies these principles all across the moving and transportation industries. Our team aims to rebuild the industry in a positive light. We do so not only through words, but through actions and executing services. Our experts can even provide ongoing education and training to members. Why? So that we can ensure our members issue the highest levels of provided services. Services cannot exist without adherence to state and federal regulations. It is crucial to also follow all DOT and FMCSA policies. And also any local ordinates. This includes public utilities in the state you're operating out of. 

A member must understand and comply with all regulations that affect business practices. Compliance extends to more than state and federal rules and regulations. Members must adhere to high levels of safety standards and vehicle maintenance. And also the Drug and Alcohol Program for drivers. In fact, the safety of drivers is key. So too, is following driver qualification protocols. Moving Authority members must protect the safety of workers, operators, crew, and foremen. (And also forklift operators and other key roles.)  Our safety policies also extend to the protection of members’ consumers. The aim is to prevent accidents and injury on US highways. That prevention encompasses all other aspects of vehicle transportation. (And also standard moving services and protocol.) When you follow compliance policies, you promote the dissolution of fraud. Plus, a member does away with unethical transportation industry practices.

Membership Code Section VIII: Other Tenets of Ethical Conduct & Safety

The tenets of the Moving Authority code apply to all members. No exceptions. Each member must hold, uppermost in their minds, the importance of well-being. We define well-being as the distribution of safety and compliance practices. After all, a consumer’s well-being is a member’s greatest responsibility. A member cannot permit personal desires or external pressures to influence judgment. Nor can a member jeopardize the safety of all parties involved with any transaction. Moving Authority members also do not neglect any detail that promotes safety. Every operation cannot get conducted in a careless or negligent manner.

We emphasize the importance of safety to protect involved parties at all times. A member must operate services in a manner that contributes to peace of mind. Comfort and well-being are outcomes that a member should seek through any transaction. Moving Authority must ensure each member instills trust in the consumer. And trust only exists once services get conducted through appropriate channels. Members should keep in mind that consumers depend on them. That’s why goods have to get delivered to their destination at the scheduled time. 

Say that disaster strikes. A member must have processes in place to take needed actions that protect assets. It is the duty of each member to provide the consumer with access to crucial resources. This way, the potential for damage can get reduced. Every member must adhere to all directives by the FMCSA and DOT. We expect our members to maintain superb standing with all government organizations.

Sign Up for Membership Today

Are you interested in becoming a Moving Authority member? If so, do not hesitate to give us a call right now. You're also welcome to email us or send a message here on our website. You can direct any questions to one of our membership customer service specialists. A specialist will tell you about the many benefits that come with operating as a member. You're also welcome to browse our website to discover those benefits for yourself. When you join us, you're joining one of the strongest, quality organizations in the US. We’re ready to go the extra mile to help you and your business succeed. We extend an invitation to you and your business to contact us at any time.

A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a driver's license required to operate large or heavy vehicles.

Trucks and cars have much in common mechanically as well as ancestrally. One link between them is the steam-powered fardier Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, who built it in 1769. Unfortunately for him, steam trucks were not really common until the mid 1800's. While looking at this practically, it would be much harder to have a steam truck. This is mostly due to the fact that the roads of the time were built for horse and carriages. Steam trucks were left to very short hauls, usually from a factory to the nearest railway station. In 1881, the first semi-trailer appeared, and it was in fact towed by a steam tractor manufactured by De Dion-Bouton. Steam-powered trucks were sold in France and in the United States, apparently until the eve of World War I. Also, at the beginning of World War II in the United Kingdom, they were known as 'steam wagons'.

The number one hit on the Billboard chart in 1976 was quite controversial for the trucking industry. "Convoy," is a song about a group of reckless truck drivers bent on evading laws such as toll booths and speed traps. The song went on to inspire the film "Convoy", featuring defiant Kris Kristofferson screaming "piss on your law!" After the film's release, thousands of independent truck drivers went on strike. The participated in violent protests during the 1979 energy crisis. However, similar strikes had occurred during the 1973 energy crisis.

The Federal Bridge Law handles relations between the gross weight of the truck, the number of axles, and the spacing between them. This is how they determine is the truck can be on the Interstate Highway system. Each state gets to decide the maximum, under the Federal Bridge Law. They determine by vehicle in combination with axle weight on state and local roads

The moving industry in the United States was deregulated with the Household Goods Transportation Act of 1980. This act allowed interstate movers to issue binding or fixed estimates for the first time. Doing so opened the door to hundreds of new moving companies to enter the industry. This led to an increase in competition and soon movers were no longer competing on services but on price. As competition drove prices lower and decreased what were already slim profit margins, "rogue" movers began hijacking personal property as part of a new scam. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces Federal consumer protection regulations related to the interstate shipment of household goods (i.e., household moves that cross State lines). FMCSA has held this responsibility since 1999, and the Department of Transportation has held this responsibility since 1995 (the Interstate Commerce Commission held this authority prior to its termination in 1995).

Trailer stability can be defined as the tendency of a trailer to dissipate side-to-side motion. The initial motion may be caused by aerodynamic forces, such as from a cross wind or a passing vehicle. One common criterion for stability is the center of mass location with respect to the wheels, which can usually be detected by tongue weight. If the center of mass of the trailer is behind its wheels, therefore having a negative tongue weight, the trailer will likely be unstable. Another parameter which is less commonly a factor is the trailer moment of inertia. Even if the center of mass is forward of the wheels, a trailer with a long load, and thus large moment of inertia, may be unstable.

As we know in the trucking industry, some trailers are part of large trucks, which we call semi-trailer trucks for transportation of cargo. Trailers may also be used in a personal manner as well, whether for personal or small business purposes.

Signage of business routes varies, depending on the type of route they are derived from. Business routes paralleling U.S. and state highways usually have exactly the same shield shapes and nearly the same overall appearance as the routes they parallel, with a rectangular plate reading "BUSINESS" placed above the shield (either supplementing or replacing the directional plate, depending on the preference of the road agency). In order to better identify and differentiate alternate routes from the routes they parallel, some states such as Maryland are beginning to use green shields for business routes off U.S. highways. In addition, Maryland uses a green shield for business routes off state highways with the word "BUSINESS" in place of "MARYLAND" is used for a state route.

DOT officers of each state are generally in charge of the enforcement of the Hours of Service (HOS). These are sometimes checked when CMVs pass through weigh stations. Drivers found to be in violation of the HOS can be forced to stop driving for a certain period of time. This, in turn, may negatively affect the motor carrier's safety rating. Requests to change the HOS are a source of debate. Unfortunately, many surveys indicate drivers routinely get away with violating the HOS. Such facts have started yet another debate on whether motor carriers should be required to us EOBRs in their vehicles. Relying on paper-based log books does not always seem to enforce the HOS law put in place for the safety of everyone.

There are many different types of trailers that are designed to haul livestock, such as cattle or horses. Most commonly used are the stock trailer, which is enclosed on the bottom but has openings at approximately. This opening is at the eye level of the animals in order to allow ventilation. A horse trailer is a much more elaborate form of stock trailer. Generally horses are hauled with the purpose of attending or participating in competition. Due to this, they must be in peak physical condition, so horse trailers are designed for the comfort and safety of the animals. They're typically well-ventilated with windows and vents along with specifically designed suspension. Additionally, horse trailers have internal partitions that assist animals staying upright during travel. It's also to protect other horses from injuring each other in transit. There are also larger horse trailers that may incorporate more specialized areas for horse tack. They may even include elaborate quarters with sleeping areas, bathroom, cooking facilities etc.

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The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) was organized and founded on December 12, 1914. On November 13, 1973, the name was altered to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. This slight change in name reflects a broadened scope of attention towards all modes of transportation. Despite the implications of the name change, most of the activities it is involved in still gravitate towards highways.

In 1984 the animated TV series The Transformers told the story of a group of extraterrestrial humanoid robots. However, it just so happens that they disguise themselves as automobiles. Their leader of the Autobots clan, Optimus Prime, is depicted as an awesome semi-truck.

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The industry intends to both consumers as well as moving companies, this is why there are Ministers of Transportation in the industry. They are there to set and maintain laws and regulations in place to create a safer environment. It offers its members professional service training and states the time that movers have been in existence. It also provides them with federal government representation and statistical industry reporting. Additionally, there are arbitration services for lost or damaged claims, publications, public relations, and annual tariff updates and awards. This site includes articles as well that give some direction, a quarterly data summary, and industry trends.

Driver's licensing has coincided throughout the European Union in order to for the complex rules to all member states. Driving a vehicle weighing more than 7.5 tons (16,535 lb) for commercial purposes requires a certain license. This specialist licence type varies depending on the use of the vehicle and number of seat. Licences first acquired after 1997, the weight was reduced to 3,500 kilograms (7,716 lb), not including trailers.