N.J.S.A 17:30E-13. Territorial base rates

17:30E-13. Territorial base rates

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7 of P.L. 1983, C. 65 (C. 17:29A-36), the rates used by the association shall be as follows:

a. On January 1, 1989, the territorial base rates used by the association for policies issued or renewed following that date for qualified applicants or association insureds who, for the three years preceding the date of issuance or renewal, (1) have been convicted of two or more moving violations, or have received four or more motor vehicle points, whichever is less; or (2) have had one or more at-fault accidents shall be adjusted by the commissioner so that they exceed the territorial base rates under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State by 10%. Qualified applicants or association insureds who have not had such accidents or moving violations or motor vehicle points in the three years preceding the issuance or renewal shall be rated under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State.

b. On January 1, 1990, the territorial base rates used by the association for policies issued or renewed following that date for qualified applicants or association insureds who, for the three years preceding the date of issuance or renewal, (1) have been convicted of two or more moving violations, or have received four or more motor vehicle points, whichever is less; or (2) have had one or more at-fault accidents shall be adjusted by the commissioner so that they exceed the territorial base rates under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State by 20%, unless the commissioner reduces the amount of the rate increase based on his certification as to the needs of the association on that date. Qualified applicants or association insureds who have not had such accidents or moving violations or motor vehicle points in the three years preceding the issuance or renewal shall be rated under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State.

C. On January 1, 1991, the territorial base rates used by the association for policies issued or renewed following that date for qualified applicants or association insureds who, for the three years preceding the date of issuance or renewal, (1) have been convicted of two or more moving violations, or have received four or more motor vehicle points, whichever is less; or (2) have had one or more at-fault accidents shall be adjusted by the commissioner so that they exceed the territorial base rates under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State by 30%, unless the commissioner reduces the amount of the rate increase based on his certification as to the needs of the association on that date. Qualified applicants or association insureds who have not had such accidents or moving violations or motor vehicle points in the three years preceding the issuance or renewal shall be rated under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State.

d. On January 1, 1992, the territorial base rates used by the association for policies issued or renewed following that date for qualified applicants or association insureds who, for the three years preceding the date of issuance or renewal, (1) have been convicted of two or more moving violations, or have received four or more motor vehicle points, whichever is less; or (2) have had one or more at-fault accidents shall be adjusted by the commissioner so that they exceed the territorial base rates under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State by 40%, unless the commissioner reduces the amount of the rate increase based on his certification as to the needs of the association on that date. Qualified applicants or association insureds who have not had such accidents or moving violations or motor vehicle points in the three years preceding the issuance or renewal shall be rated under the rating plan for standard insureds which is used by the rating bureau which files rates for the greatest number of insurers transacting private passenger automobile insurance in the voluntary market in this State.

e. On January 1, 1993, the commissioner shall direct the board to prepare, adopt and file with the commissioner rates which are based upon past and prospective loss experience of the risks underwritten by the association and the expenses attendant thereto, and which maintain the association on a self-sustaining basiS.The commissioner shall approve or disapprove the rates filed by the board pursuant to the provisions of P.L. 1944, C. 27 (C. 17:29A-1 et seq.).

Nothing contained in this subsection shall be deemed to affect the commissioner’s ability to continue to maintain any flat charges (also known as flat capitation fees or policy constants) pursuant to section 1 of P.L. 1984, C. 1 (C. 17:29A-37.1) or any residual market equalization charge pursuant to section 20 of P.L. 1983, C. 65 (C. 17:30E-8) approved on or before 48 months following the effective date of this 1988 amendatory and supplementary act.

f. Nothing contained in subsections a. through e. of this section shall operate to cause the rates charged by the association to result in revenues to the association which exceed the needs of the association in meeting its obligations and expenseS.

g. The commissioner may order the adjustment of association rates in any territory in which the relationship between the rates used by the association and the rates used by insurers in the standard voluntary market is such that the voluntary market is adversely affected.

h. The commissioner may order the establishment of association rates which are higher than the rates which are otherwise provided for by this section, which rates would be applicable to certain drivers, based on their accident or violation recordS.The rates applicable to these drivers shall be established additively to the rates otherwise authorized for the use of the association, shall be spread equably across all classes and territories and may, at the discretion of the commissioner, vary as to the extent of the at-fault accident or violation records of the driverS.

L. 1983, C. 65, S.25; amended 1986,C. 211,S.6; 1988,C. 119,S.21; 1988,C. 156,S.1.

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