17:29A-36 Contents of filing for automotive insurance rate making.
7. a. Any filing made for the purpose of automobile insurance rate making shall indicate the actual rate needs of the filer; provided, however, that (a) each filer's rate classification definitions, as used by that filer, shall be uniform Statewide; (b) the automobile insurance rate charged an insured shall not exceed two and one-half times the filer's territorial base rate for each coverage, exclusive of driving record surcharges and discounts; and (c) the automobile insurance rate of the base class in any territory for any filer shall not exceed 1.35 times the filer's Statewide average base rate for each coverage, exclusive of driving record surcharges and discounts for any basic policy issued or renewed at any time and for any standard policy issued or renewed before January 1, 2000 or the 180th day following approval of the common territorial rating plan pursuant to section 28 of P.L.1998, c.21 (C.17:29A-50), whichever first occurs.
b.No rating plan or rate filing applicable to any policy issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2000 or the 180th day following the approval of the common territorial rating plan provided for in sections 27 and 28 of P.L.1998, c.21 (C.17:29A-49 and C.17:29A-50), whichever first occurs, shall be approved by the commissioner which creates territorial relativities which are significantly disproportionate to those in effect as of the effective date of P.L.1998, c.21 (C.39:6A-1.1 et al.).
c.The automobile insurance rate of an automobile whose principal operator is 65 years of age or older shall not exceed one and one-quarter times the Statewide average rate for principal operators 65 years of age or older for each coverage, exclusive of driving record surcharges and discounts; provided, however, that no filer shall increase rates for principal operators 65 years of age or older as a result of the implementation of this section unless more than 50% of its insureds are principal operators 65 years of age or older.
d.As a result of the filings made pursuant to sections 26 and 27 of P.L.1998, c.21 (C.17:29A-48 and C.17:29A-49) and subsections a., b. and c. of this section, the filer's aggregate premium for all territories shall not exceed the filer's aggregate premium in effect prior to the date established in subsection b. of this section.
As used in this section, base rate means the automobile insurance rate charged for an automobile that is not used in business and not used in going to and from work, except for the going to and from work distance included in the pleasure use classification of the filer, and where there is no youthful operator, as defined in the filer's classification system. The base rate class shall not include automobiles to which discounts apply under the filer's classification system, including, but not limited to, farmers' and senior citizens' automobiles or any discount from a standard rate provided for in the filer's tier rating system.
The provisions of this section shall be implemented after the implementation of the provisions of subsection a. of section 8 of P.L.1983, c.65 (C. 17:29A-37).
L.1983,c.65,s.7; amended 1998, c.21, s.29; 1998, c.22, s.6.
17:29A-36.1. Seat belt usage study
The Commissioner of Insurance shall, within 365 days from the effective date of this act, study and determine the impact of P.L. 1984, c. 179 (C. 39:3-76.2e et seq.), on the loss experience for personal injury protection and bodily injury liability coverages for private passenger automobile insurance. If the commissioner determines that the personal injury protection premiums and bodily injury liability premiums for private passenger automobile insurance should be reduced as a result of the impact of the adoption of P.L. 1984, c. 179 (C. 39:3-76.2e et seq.) upon the loss experience for these coverages, the commissioner shall issue an order requiring that the rating plans of all insurers writing private passenger automobile insurance in this State be modified accordingly.
L. 1986, c. 133, s. 1, eff. Oct. 20, 1986.
a. Within 180 days of the effective date of this section, the commissioner shall promulgate regulations providing the following with regard to private passenger automobile insurance:
(1) Rate filing data and information specifications in a standard format;
(2)(a) A standard ratemaking methodology, and
(b) Uniform standards on ratemaking methodologies, data compilation, data evaluation and data submission;
(3) Standards of efficiency and other standards of measure based upon industrywide aggregate averages and other relevant data and factors to be utilized in the review and evaluation of the loss, expense and financial data contained in a rate filing; and
(4) The format, data specifications and other requirements for any informational filings made pursuant to subsection b. of this section.
b. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, on July 1, 1989 and annually thereafter, every insurer writing private passenger automobile insurance in this State shall make an informational filing on their private passenger automobile insurance with the commissioner regardless of whether they file for an adjustment in their automobile insurance rates.