2021 New York Laws
VAT - Vehicle and Traffic
Title 8 - Respective Powers of State and Local Authorities
Article 44-B - Transportation Network Company Services
1695 - Insurance Provisions.
§ 1695. Insurance provisions. 1. Insurers that write motor vehicle insurance in this state may, in the insurance policy, exclude any and all coverage afforded under the policy issued to an owner or operator of a TNC vehicle for any loss or injury that occurs while a TNC driver is logged on to a TNC's digital network or while a driver provides a TNC prearranged trip, including:
(a) liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage;
(b) coverage provided pursuant to article fifty-one of the insurance law;
(c) uninsured motorist coverage;
(d) supplementary uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage; and
(e) motor vehicle physical damage coverage as described in paragraph nineteen of subsection (a) of section one thousand one hundred thirteen of the insurance law. 2. Such exclusions shall apply notwithstanding any requirement under the law to the contrary. Nothing in this section implies or requires that an owner's policy of liability insurance or other motor vehicle insurance policy provide coverage while the TNC driver is logged on to the TNC's digital network, while the TNC driver is engaged in a TNC prearranged trip or while the TNC driver otherwise uses or operates a TNC vehicle to transport passengers for compensation. 3. Nothing shall be deemed to preclude an insurer from providing primary, excess, or umbrella coverage for the TNC driver's TNC vehicle, if it chose to do so by contract or endorsement. 4. Motor vehicle insurers that exclude the coverage described in this article shall have no duty to defend or indemnify any claim expressly excluded thereunder. Nothing in this article shall be deemed to invalidate or limit an exclusion contained in a policy including any policy in use or approved for use in this state prior to the effective date of this section. 5. A motor vehicle insurer that defends or indemnifies a claim against a TNC driver that is excluded under the terms of its policy shall have a right of contribution against other insurers that provide motor vehicle insurance to the same driver in satisfaction of the coverage requirements of the provisions of this article. 6. In a claims coverage investigation, a TNC and any insurer providing coverage under this article shall, within fifteen days after a claim has been filed, facilitate the exchange of relevant information with directly involved parties and any insurer of the TNC driver if applicable, including the precise times that a TNC driver logged on and off of the TNC's digital network in the twelve hour period immediately preceding and in the twelve hour period immediately following the accident and disclose to one another a clear description of the coverage, exclusions and limits provided under any motor vehicle insurance maintained under this article. 7. The superintendent of financial services may promulgate such rules and regulations that the superintendent deems necessary to facilitate the sharing of information between insurers, when a motor vehicle accident occurs and at least one of the insurers is providing financial responsibility coverage to a TNC vehicle pursuant to this article. 8. The commissioner shall provide relevant insurance coverage information required by this article to the following persons upon request:
(a) a person to whom an accident report pertains or who is named in such report, or his or her authorized representative; and
(b) any other person or his or her authorized representative who has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the commissioner that such person is or may be a party to a civil action arising out of the conduct described in such accident report.