State legislation broke up a taxi cab monopoly about ten years ago. Some people trying to get into the moving business say they need the same thing.
This is what Marty Vaughn wants to be doing.
Moving people from house to house.
"That’s what I thought I was getting into," said Vaughn, owner of Lexington’s College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise.
"It’s just been struggling," said Vaughn.
She settles for the work she can get. On Thursday, it was bringing another stores boxes to the recycling center.
Vaughn happily recycles, but she wants to have a full-service moving company, and can’t, because of the laws in Kentucky. People have used words like dictatorship and cartel to describe them.
Vaughn’s company, College Hunks Hauling Junk, needs a permit from the Transportation Cabinet to legally carry goods, and move people.
"it’s just been a struggle," she said.
State law requires a new company to advertise its permit application. Competitors can then protest the application, and force a hearing. Vaughn says two moving companies protested her application. She says she’s been waiting a year for her hearing.
"Basically you have to prove that there’s a need for another moving company. I have to prove that the current service is not adequate," said Vaughn.
The law and hearing process are so complicated a Transportation Cabinet spokesperson could not explain it to us.
The state government enacted the law in the 50’s. Vaughn calls it unconstitutional.
One moving company in Lexington told us the process works, but it could be changing.
The owner of Wildcat Moving sued the state, and recently received an injunction against the state to operate without a permit.