President Roosevelt introduced unprecedented regulation and new government programs in his effort to control the American economy in the wake of the great depression.
The motor carrier act was passed in 1935. Its purpose was to “regulate competitive practices and promote fair competition”.
In 1948 congress passed the Reed-Bullwinkle act. This allowed companies to establish collective rates and full immunity from anti-trust laws. For a small moving company it was difficult to meet the requirements and the van lines were the major players. Over regulation is an effective way to stop competition.
In 1980 Congress deregulated the trucking industry. The amount of licensed carriers jumped from a few hundred to more than twenty thousand in a short time. Movers now had to compete for your business. Prices fell, and for some companies quality improved.
The range of prices, services, and kinds of movers was wide and varied. Things were not as simple as when there were just a few vanlines with collective rate to choose from. Suddenly folks that had always had to move them self, could now afford to hire a quality moving company. Reputation and quality of service became paramount for the good moving companies.
As with any industry that provides services to people, there are those that are in it to cheat and swindle. Always do your research. Some feel that the government should regulate the moving industry more like “in the good old days.” ??Big companies can make more money if there is no competition from the little guy.
Moving companies must be licensed with the state, and if they move across the state line, with the federal government as well. There are insurance requirements, and a strict set of rules governing the moving industry. Often the “scams??? that make folks cry for more regulation are perpetrated by companies that are already illegal. Existing laws are on the books to deal with criminals.