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Oregon Moving Sting Operation


News article from AMSA:

A sting operation targeting unlicensed house movers in Fairview, Oregon resulted in 26 citations issued to 15 companies on Nov. 19, 2008.

The Oregon Department of Transportation partnered with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Fairview Police Department to crack down on moving operations not properly licensed and insured as required by state regulations. The entities focused on household goods movers advertising on the Internet.

The operation targeted moving companies identified earlier by making appointments to meet at a decoy house. Oregon Department of Transportation officials and law enforcement officers met movers there and checked drivers and equipment for proper state certification to offer moving services, state registration of the mover’s vehicle and safe working condition of the vehicle.

The operation netted 21 truck safety violations, including two vehicles placed out of service; 26 citations for violations, including eight for having no Oregon Department of Transportation permit; 14 citations for unlawful pack-and-load operations; one citation for driving with a suspended license; and one for driving uninsured. In addition, one mover received a violation for possessing less than one ounce of marijuana.

Fairview Police Officer Neel O’Donnell said he believed this was the first time the department coordinated with other agencies on a moving industry sting. Oregon Department of Transportation officials recommend that consumers protect themselves by hiring only certified moving or pack-and-load companies.