DOUBLE DRIVE TIME? WHAT? IS THAT LEGAL?!?
No, you aren't seeing double! But that's how confusing double drive time can be...
Double drive time...three of the most confusing words EVER! We did not make this up! Different states require movers to account for drive time differently. In California, all movers are required to charge "double drive time." Double drive time means we don't charge you for the time it takes us to get to your origin and we also don't charge you for the time it takes us to get back to our branch at the end of the day. Instead, to pay us for this time, we double the time in the middle. Get it? It's weird, but it's the law.
The California Public Utilities Commission (where we are required to get our license from!) states the following:
- In computing charges accruing under the hourly rates contained in Item 320, the time used shall be the total of loading, unloading and double the driving time from point of origin to point of destination, subject to EXCEPTIONS 1 through 3.
EXCEPTION 1 – When carrier is required to perform more than one trip between origin and destination, the time used shall be the total of loading and unloading time, to which will be added double driving time for the first trip from origin to destination and actual driving time for all additional trips between origin and destination for each motor vehicle furnished by carrier.
EXCEPTION 2 – When two or more shipments are transported on a unit of equipment at the same time, the time used shall be the total of loading and unloading time plus 25 minutes total driving time for each shipment.
EXCEPTION 3 – When split pickup, split delivery or split pickup and split delivery in combination is performed, the time used shall be computed in accordance with the provisions of Items 148, 152, or 156, respectively.
I know it still seems rather confusing. Just keep in mind that if a moving company is charging you for the drive time from or to their warehouse, you are being overcharged! Commander Moving will never charge you for the time it takes us to get to your location or for the time it takes us to get back to our warehouse in Oakland! If you need help with a move, we are here for you! Call us!
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