WSR 12-03-060

PERMANENT RULES

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2011-22 -- Filed January 12, 2012, 8:44 a.m. , effective February 12, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: This new rule amends WAC 284-30-500 (1)(b) to ensure that insured's policy limits for their family and household members are not reduced to the financial responsibility limits in RCW 46.29.090.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 284-30-500 (1)(b).

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 48.02.060.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-23-167 on November 22, 2011.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, phone (360) 725-7041, fax (360) 586-3109, e-mail kacys@oic.wa.gov.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: January 12, 2012.

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

OTS-4430.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Matter No. R 2007-07, filed 9/19/07, effective 10/20/07)

WAC 284-30-500   Unfair practices with respect to vehicle insurance.   (1) The following practices by any insurer with respect to every vehicle liability insurance policy applicable to private passenger automobiles registered or principally garaged in this state are unfair and prohibited:

(a) Failing to provide, to any insured under such policy, liability limits at least as great as those required by RCW 46.29.090, as measured at the effective date of the applicable policy or its renewal;

(b) Denying or limiting liability coverage in such policy to less than the insured's policy limits ((required by RCW 46.29.090,)) solely because the injured person ((is related to the insured by blood or marriage, as, for example, through use of so-called "family" or "household" exclusions)) qualifies as an insured as defined in RCW 48.22.005 (5)(a);

(c) Denying or limiting liability coverage in such policy, with respect to injuries sustained by motorcycle passengers, to an amount below the bodily injury liability limits required by RCW 46.29.090, if the policy provides liability coverage for an insured's ownership, operation, or use of a motorcycle.

(2) With respect to vehicle insurance policies applicable to private passenger vehicles registered or principally garaged in this state, failing to provide a named insured an itemization of the premium costs for the coverages under the policy if there are identifiable separate premium charges for the coverages is unfair and prohibited. The required itemization must be given to a named insured no later than at the time of delivery of a policy and must accompany each offer to renew thereafter.

(3) It is an unfair practice for any insurer to consider traffic violations or accidents which occurred more than three years in the past, with respect to the acceptance, rejection, cancellation or nonrenewal of any insured under a private passenger automobile insurance policy, unless, because of the individual's violations, accidents or driving record during the three years immediately past, the earlier violations or accidents are significantly relevant to the individual's qualifications for insurance.

(4) For purposes of this section, the definition of a "private passenger automobile" is that set forth in RCW 48.18.297, and includes a motorcycle except as otherwise specifically provided in this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060. 07-19-106 (Matter No. R 2007-07), 284-30-500, filed 9/19/07, effective 10/20/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.44.050 and 48.46.200. 87-09-071 (Order R 87-5), 284-30-500, filed 4/21/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060 (3)(a). 85-02-019 (Order R 84-8), 284-30-500, filed 12/27/84.]

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