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News Story
8/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Pay-As-You-Drive Proposal Could Save Californians Hundreds of Dollars a Year. SACRAMENTO, CA -- California drivers could be offered a new -- and often cheaper -- kind of car insurance next year under a voluntary pay-as-you-drive plan proposed Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. His plan would base annual rates partly on the...
News Story
8/27/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The less California motorists drive, the less they might pay for auto insurance under regulations proposed Wednesday. State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said the plan will give drivers the option of paying for their automobile insurance based in part on how many miles they drive. The idea is to provide an incentive for...
News Story
8/27/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA --  California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced the creation of new regulations to bring "pay-as-you-drive" automobile insurance to the state while addressing some of the concerns of consumer groups and privacy advocates. Joining Poizner in announcing the regulations was Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-6th...
News Release
8/27/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced draft regulations on “pay-as-you-drive” insurance today that are intended to reward those who drive fewer miles each year, a requirement in California under insurance reform initiative Proposition 103.   “...
News Story
8/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- A California bill to allow pay-as-you-drive insurance plans using electronic monitoring devices moved a step closer to approval with passage by the Senate Appropriations Committee. A.B. 2800 has strong interest from a number of insurers, while some consumer advocates are concerned about privacy issues and fear the information can...
News Release
8/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Driving Data Could Be Used By Insurers to Discriminate By ZIP-Code   Santa Monica, CA – Legislation that would allow insurance companies to track when, where and how Californians drive passed the Senate Appropriations committee today. The bill authorizes different insurance rates for drivers who choose to protect their privacy and those...
News Story
8/6/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Question: How do environmentalists get motorists to drive less in order to combat global warming? Answer: Team up with the insurance industry and the Legislature to create a pay-as-you-drive insurance policy. And tell drivers they'll save money if they sign up. AB2800, by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, proposes creating...
News Story
7/26/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurance industry is busy telling us that it has teamed up with environmentalists to clean the air by cutting insurance premiums for drivers who spend less time on the road. The reality is that they want to monitor your driving electronically, and charge you more if you decline. "Pay-as-you-drive" insurance that charges low-mileage...
Blog Post
7/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Contra Costa Times posed some good questions this week in an editorial about the "pay-as-you-drive" proposal making its way through the legislature. If it's just about how far you drive, what's with all the other information insurance companies want to collect? Before drivers sign off on the black box and earn incentives, they need...
News Story
7/23/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There is a new concept for automobile insurance being driven through our state Legislature with Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner at the wheel. The idea is called "Pay as You Drive," which is already an option in 34 states as well as in Canada and Japan, where carriers can grant discounts to drivers who volunteer for mileage...