HARRISBURG, Penn., Dec. 26 -- The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America issued the following news release:
This week Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed legislation (SB 1040) that will make it easier for motorists to show proof of insurance and allow insurers to offer policies that have a greater range of deductible amounts including zero deductible.
"This legislation is focused on offering consumers more choices and greater convenience," said Alex Hageli, director of personal lines for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). "Rather than having to dig through the glove box looking for their insurance card, this new law will allow motorists to use electronic devices, such as a smart phone or tablet, to show evidence of financial responsibility if pulled over by law enforcement. Measures such as this are the wave of the future and are in keeping with the way consumers use technology today. We applaud the leadership of Sen. John Eichelberger Jr., (R- Blair) and Rep. Tina Pickett, (R-Towanda) for advancing this pro-consumer legislation that provide motorists with new innovative options."
At the beginning of 2013, just seven states permitted the use of electronic devices to display proof of insurance. However this issue became one the hottest insurance-related legislative trends and as the year comes to an end, 30 states have adopted the practice. In Pennsylvania, the insurance industry, Department of Insurance and lawmakers worked cooperatively on this legislation that modernizes the Commonwealth's laws so that they better keep pace with consumer expectations.
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