Pickett applauds passage of insurance e-card bill
HARRISBURG - Residents will soon be able to receive their proof of auto insurance electronically or sign up for collision coverage without a deductible, thanks to legislation going to the governor's desk, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), who serves as chairman of the House Insurance Committee.
Senate Bill 1040 would allow insurance companies to electronically issue financial responsibility identification cards, if both the insurance company and consumer agree.
"With the type of technology we literally have at our fingertips, we receive all sorts of documents electronically," said Pickett. "It is time to update our laws to reflect this change, and that's why we are now working to make it easier for motorists to receive their auto insurance cards electronically."
In addition, the legislation also would remove the requirement that vehicle owners carry insurance policies with a minimum deductible for collision coverage. Currently, state law mandates that vehicle owners carry a $100 minimum deductible for collision coverage.
"Many insurance companies around the country offer such features as a 'vanishing deductible,' but Pennsylvania law does not recognize such terms," Pickett continued. "This legislation would make it possible for deductibles in lesser amounts than $500, including a no-deductible policy."
If signed into law, the provisions would take effect in 60 days and apply once an insurance policy is issued or renewed.