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PSC looks at tougher regulation for moving companies

PSC member urges tougher rules for movers (File photo) PSC member urges tougher rules for movers (File photo)

Mandeville, La.-  Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta says the commission will seek changes in regulation of moving companies.

Last week, Mandeville police arrested the owner of "Mr. Move" in Metairie, accusing him of extortion and other charges by threatening to keep a woman's possessions until she paid an inflated bill.

Skrmetta says under existing law, moving companies have the latitude to raise rates up to 15 percent before triggering regulatory action. He says he will ask fellow commissioners to join in tightening regulations and changing the law if needed, to give PSC investigators more authority to work with law enforcement.

Skrmetta says the investigation in the recent case came out of the customer's complaint to the PSC. In that case, he says the investigator recognized that it met the criteria for a criminal charge and contacted Mandeville police.

In a news release, Skrmetta says, "I'm confident this customer is not the only one who has had trouble with poor performing moving and storage companies that may have committed similar actions."

He urges anyone who has experienced similar tactics by movers to contact his Mandeville office at 985-624-4660 or Metairie at 504-846-6930, or call his toll-free number, 800-228-9368.   

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