If you are planning to move and thinking about hiring a professional moving company in the state of California, you need to be aware of what is included in your moving cost. California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) law requires all California movers to charge a double drive time (DDT) to their customers. However most of the first-time clients wonder what double drive time is and if it’s legal. It’s a common question, and we’re here to help.
What is Double Drive Time?
The Double Drive Time Law (DDT), passed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), requires California based moving companies to double the amount of time it takes to get from the origin point to the destination point at the agreed upon hourly rate. This law applies to ALL moving companies in the state of California.
The actual CPUC law is written as follows:
“The time used shall be the total of loading, unloading and double the driving time from point of origin to point of destination.”
You may be thinking “Wait a minute, that sounds outrageous, why would they allow that?”
The CPUC created the Double Drive Time Law to keep moving companies honest and protect the consumer.
Yes, make no mistake about what you’ve just read. However, before getting worked up at the thought of paying double for anything, let’s actually get into the details of why and how Double Drive Time is to your benefit.