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Vermont Title Changes – Revised

February 20, 2024 On January 1, 2024, Vermont changed its title law to title all vehicles and trailers regardless of age. This was described in the training update titled “Rhode Island and Vermont Title Changes,” dated January 10. However, due to a statute change, Vermont only has rescinded their change and has reverted to the previous title…

2024 February P&C Insurer List

You are being provided this 2024 February Private Passenger Auto P&C Insurer List as a benefit of your membership with the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA). MAIA Introduces Member-Only Massachusetts Private Passenger Auto Insurer List In 2024 the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) is expanding your member-only access to state-specific P&C industry data. …

Property Non-Renewal Notice Due to Inspection

*This question was answered based on current rules, regulations & statutes in effect as of January 2024. Question Can you please help with the questions below? Some of the account managers here are snuggling with all the non-renewals we’re receiving from our standard companies for mainly property but also auto. For property, we would typically…

Updated Company Auto Filings – February 2024

February 12, 2024 MAIA periodically visits the Division of Insurance to collect the latest information about each company’s private passenger automobile insurance rules, rates, and forms filings. Recent changes and updates are presented here. Questions? Contact Kathy Cormier at 508-634-7353 or via email at [email protected].

Another Ridiculous COI Request…Involving the HO Policy, No Less!

February 12, 2024 Written By: Irene Morrill, CPCU, CIC, ARM, CRM, CRIS, MLIS, LIA, CPIW – Consultant, Technical Affairs, MAIA I received an email from an agent regarding a client’s leased land and COI request. The insured owns a camp on leased land owned by the State of NH. The insured has liability extended to…

Revised Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report

February 5, 2024 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report (form number CRASH102) has been revised. The areas in Section A where customers enter details of the route/roadway/address where a crash occurred have been renumbered to A6 and A7 to make this section, and the instructions on the first page, clearer. The revised version…

Named Non-Owner

*This question was answered based on current rules, regulations & statutes in effect as of December 2023. Question Hi there…are these 100% earned, short rate, or carrier specific? Thank you! Answer Irene Morrill: The CAR manual and the AIB manual discuss “short rate cancellation” of auto policies unless the insured requests cancellation within 30 days…

Registry Procedures Manual Update!

January 29, 2024 This online “flipbook” manual is a MUST for every agent who writes MA automobile insurance and deals with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles! The Registry Procedures Manual (RPM) allows subscribers to utilize keyword searches to find what they need and is automatically updated regularly throughout the year. Check out what’s new HERE.…

AAA Road Test Locations

January 29, 2024 AAA Northeast, which expanded its partnership with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to offer road testing at certain AAA branches in the summer of 2023, will end road test services at AAA Worcester and AAA Rockland as of February 1, 2024. Read the full update here.  Questions? Contact Kathy Cormier at 508-634-7353…

Snow Removal Issues

January 29, 2024 Written By: Laura J. Poulin, Director of Curriculum and Technical Affairs, MAIA Plowing Snow as a side gig and some things to think about when Insureds consider this business venture… MASS. PERSONAL AUTO POLICY A snowplow or other detachable equipment does not automatically disqualify a risk from a Personal Auto Policy, but…

High Value Vehicle

*This question was answered based on current rules, regulations & statutes in effect as of December 2023. Question We have an insured taking delivery of a New Used car today – a 2022 Porsche with a Purchase price of 146,000. He bought the car from a dealer in Florida, and it is being delivered to…

First-Time School Bus and School Pupil Plate Issuance – New Locations

January 23, 2024 Effective immediately, in addition to the existing locations, first-time school bus plates and school pupil plates are now available for initial issuance at the Brockton, North Adams, Taunton, and Worcester RMV Service Centers. Read the full update here. Questions? Contact Kathy Cormier at 508-634-7353 or via email at [email protected].

Non-Resident Short-Term Registration Expiration Date Change

January 23, 2024 Non-Resident Short-Term Registrations are available to out-of-state residents purchasing a motor vehicle (NOT including trailers or mopeds) from a dealer in Massachusetts. These registrations were originally valid for 9 days from the transaction date. Effective January 18, Non-Resident Short-Term Registrations issued January 18 or later will be valid for 15 days from the transaction…

Deferred Driver

*This question was answered based on current rules, regulations & statutes in effect as of December 2023. Question Please help me with this question today. I have a new insured who wants to bring 3 of his 4 autos from Carrier A. He wants to leave still 1 auto with Carrier A with his two…

Rhode Island and Vermont Title Changes

January 12, 2024 Effective January 1, 2024, Rhode Island and Vermont both made changes to their title law. View the update here. Questions? Contact Kathy Cormier at 508-634-7353 or via email at [email protected].

Online Crash Report Request Transaction Restored

January 12, 2024 The ability to request a copy online of a Police Crash Report has been restored. The amended process supports changes to our data-sharing policy and access to the RMV systems to comply with the Work and Family Mobility Act that went into effect on July 1, 2023. Read the full update here.…

Updated Company Auto Filings – January 2024

January 9, 2024 MAIA periodically visits the Division of Insurance to collect the latest information about each company’s private passenger automobile insurance rules, rates, and forms filings.  Recent changes and updates are presented here. Questions? Contact Kathy Cormier at 508-634-7353 or via email at [email protected].

Revised Veterans’ Plate Application

January 8, 2024 The Navy Branch of Service Decal that customers can select for Veterans’ Plates has been redesigned to match the current emblem of the United States Navy. The Application for Veterans’ Plates with Branch of Service Decal or Flag Image (REG105) has been revised. The Navy decal was updated on the application. The revised version…