GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 596
Short Title: Motor Vehicle Insurance Rates.
March 24, 2003
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to prohibit insurers from basing standards or rating plans for private passenger motor vehicles on the credit history or rating of persons insured.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 58‑36‑10(4) reads as rewritten:
"(4) Risks may be
grouped by classifications and lines of insurance for establishment of rates,
loss costs, and base premiums. Classification rates may be modified to produce
rates for individual risks in accordance with rating plans that establish
standards for measuring variations in hazards or expense provisions or both.
Those standards may measure any differences among risks that can be
demonstrated to have a probable effect upon losses or expenses. The Bureau
shall establish and implement a comprehensive classification rating plan for
motor vehicle insurance under its jurisdiction. No such classification plans
shall base any standard or rating plan for private passenger (nonfleet) motor
vehicles, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, upon the
gender age, gender, or credit history or rating of the persons
insured. The Bureau shall at least once every three years make a complete
review of the filed classification rates to determine whether they are proper
and supported by statistical evidence, and shall at least once every 10 years
make a complete review of the territories for nonfleet private passenger motor
vehicle insurance to determine whether they are proper and reasonable."
SECTION 2. The North Carolina Rate Bureau shall adopt a revision to the classification plan to reflect the provisions of this act. The Bureau shall file the revision with the Commissioner no later than September 1, 2003, and the revision shall become effective January 1, 2004.
SECTION 3. Sections 2 and 3 of this act are effective when it becomes law. The remainder of this act becomes effective January 1, 2004, and applies only to nonfleet private passenger motor vehicle insurance policies that are issued or renewed on and after January 1, 2004.