2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 22 - Insurance
RS 22:1457 - Discounts; rate reductions

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 22:1457 (2017)

§1457. Discounts; rate reductions

A.(1) A rate reduction of up to ten percent shall be authorized by the commissioner, if actuarially justified, upon application of a rate filing by the carrier on motor vehicle liability and physical damage insurance where the insured and principal operator, regardless of age, produces certification from the National Safety Council or its registered cooperating agencies, evidencing successful completion of the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course or certification of successful completion of a defensive driving course approved and certified by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Should an automobile be used by multiple drivers, the rate reduction shall not be authorized on that automobile unless all those who drive the automobile complete such a course successfully. The reduction provided for in this Section shall also be authorized for one or more motor vehicles owned and operated by parishes, municipalities, or other political subdivisions when the governing authority produces certification evidencing successful completion of such a course by all persons who drive said vehicles. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Public Safety Services, office of state police, may promulgate rules and regulations to establish criteria and standards for the approval and certification of defensive driving courses. The expenses of the approval and certification process by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall be funded through an interagency agreement with the Department of Insurance, contingent upon the appropriation of funds by the legislature.

(2) The form of certification shall be as determined by the commissioner. The credit shall not apply to experience-rated or assigned risk policies, or to policies subject to a discount for an approved driver education course sanctioned by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, or required to pay a substandard risk surcharge for such insurance, or to any person whose enrollment in a defensive driving course resulted from a court order or sentence directing such enrollment.

(3) Such credit shall apply to new and renewal policies effective within a period of thirty-six months subsequent to the date of completion of the course. Following such thirty-six-month period, in order to again qualify for such credit, the course must be successfully repeated and evidence again presented. A fee of one dollar or such other sum approved by the commissioner may be charged by the National Safety Council, its registered cooperating agencies, or operators of any approved and certified defensive driving course for certifying course completion. If the policy insures two or more automobiles, the credit shall apply only to that automobile principally operated by a person who has satisfactorily completed such a course.

B.(1) The provisions of Subsection A of this Section notwithstanding, the commissioner shall authorize an actuarially justified rate reduction, as determined by the carrier, upon application of rate filing by the carrier on bodily injury liability, property damage liability, and collision insurance where the named insured and principal operator is fifty-five years of age or older and produces certification from the National Safety Council or its registered cooperating agencies evidencing successful completion of the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course or certification of successful completion of a defensive driving course approved and certified by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Should a vehicle be used by multiple drivers, the rate reduction shall not be authorized on that motor vehicle unless all those who drive the vehicle are fifty-five years of age or older and have completed such a course. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Public Safety Services, office of state police, may promulgate rules and regulations to establish criteria and standards for the approval and certification of defensive driving courses. The expenses of the approval and certification process by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall be funded through an interagency agreement with the Department of Insurance, contingent upon the appropriation of funds by the legislature.

(2) The reduction shall not apply to experience-rated or assigned risk policies or to any person eligible for a preferred rating plan or required to pay a substandard risk surcharge for such insurance or to any person whose enrollment in a defensive driving course resulted from a court order or sentence directing his enrollment.

(3) Such a reduction shall apply to new and renewal policies effective within a period of thirty-six months subsequent to the date of completion of a course. Following the thirty-six-month period, the course shall be successfully repeated and evidence again presented in order to again qualify for such credit. A fee of one dollar or such other sum approved by the commissioner may be charged by the National Safety Council, its registered cooperating agencies, or the operators of any approved and certified defensive driving course for certifying course completion. If the policy insures two or more vehicles, the reduction shall apply only to that vehicle principally operated by the eligible person.

C. An insurer who delivers or issues for delivery in this state comprehensive insurance coverage on a motor vehicle shall grant an actuarially justified discount in the amount approved by the commissioner in the premiums charged for the comprehensive insurance for any motor vehicle when the vehicle identification number of the vehicle is etched into all of the windows of such motor vehicle. The letters and numbers of the vehicle identification number shall be no smaller than one-eighth of an inch and shall be nonremovable and permanent.

D. A rate reduction shall be authorized by the commissioner, if actuarially justified, upon application of a rate filing by the carrier on motor vehicle liability and physical damage insurance for coverage of any motor vehicle when the insured vehicle is equipped with daytime running headlights or headlights equipped to activate in inclement weather.

E. A rate reduction shall be authorized by the commissioner, if actuarially justified, upon application of a rate filing by the carrier on motor vehicle liability and physical damage insurance for coverage of any motor vehicle when the insured vehicle is equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) or a vehicle tracking system which aids in the recovery of stolen vehicles as such system shall be further defined by rules and regulations promulgated by the Department of Insurance.

F. For fire insurance rates, all insurers shall assign the fire protection grade of the fire servicing area where the property of the insured is located, provided that the property is located within seven road miles of the nearest responding fire department.

G. Any insurer who makes application to the commissioner for a rate filing shall provide in its application details as to what discount or reduced rate will be given to insureds who comply with the State Uniform Construction Code.

Acts 1958, No. 125. Amended by Acts 1960, No. 296, §1; Acts 1975, No. 175, §1. Acts 1983, No. 518, §1; Acts 1984, No. 816, §1; Acts 1984, No. 872, §1; Acts 1992, No. 654, §1; Acts 1995, No. 223, §1; Acts 1997, No. 724, §1; Acts 2001, No. 169, §1; Acts 2003, No. 456, §1; Acts 2003, No. 1093, §1; Acts 2004, No. 239, §1; Acts 2007, No. 459, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2008; Acts 2008, No. 132, §1, eff. June 6, 2008; Redesignated from R.S. 22:1404 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2011, No. 294, §1.

NOTE: Former R.S. 22:1457 redesignated as R.S. 22:18 by Acts 2008, No. 415, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2009.

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