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Blog Post
2/16/2014
By Judy Dugan
Triple-A has been American drivers’ friend almost since U.S. roads linked the nation together. It has rescued families from flat tires and worse. It has planned millions of family vacations and sold well-regarded auto insurance. It has always skewed toward older drivers and welcomed their devoted renewal of memberships. Its employees got...
Video
1/29/2014
Insurance companies are always looking for ways to evade Proposition 103, and they have come up with a scheme to evade the law’s good driver requirements.  These days, some insurance companies are marketing plans that promise lower premiums to people who belong to what the insurance industry calls “affinity groups” –...
Video
1/29/2014
Regular people who work middle class or blue-collar jobs; high school graduates; retired citizens and those on low incomes. Even if they are Good Drivers, they are forced to subsidize the rich, but not necessarily better, drivers who insurance companies prefer to do business with. The surcharges – which are not disclosed on your auto...
Video
1/29/2014
Insurance companies are always looking for ways to evade Proposition 103, so it's not too surprising that some companies --Mercury, GEICO, Progressive, 21st Century and the Auto Club of Southern California, to name some of the biggest -- have come up with a scheme to evade the law's good driver requirements.  These companies are...
News Release
1/29/2014
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA - Fourteen non-profit citizen, consumer and low income advocacy organizations today formally petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to bar auto insurance companies from discriminating against California drivers based on their occupation or education level.   “The use of these unauthorized rating factors increases...
News Release
12/20/2013
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved a decision by an administrative law judge permitting Allstate Insurance Company to grant special premium benefits to motorists who attended prestigious colleges or have high income jobs like lawyers and doctors. The agency staff has previously allowed other insurance...
Video
11/13/2013
Back in 1984, the California Legislature passed a law requiring drivers to have auto insurance… but didn't limit how much insurers could charge. Predictably, insurers hiked prices by double digits. Voters revolted against the price gouging by passing Prop 103, and the result was billions in savings. Prop 103 has saved California drivers...
Blog Post
11/12/2013
By Harvey Rosenfield
I'm truly humbled. It was a big deal when, 25 years ago this month, you and other California voters joined with me to pass Proposition 103, the toughest auto insurance regulation in the nation. But I had no idea exactly how big. Today, in downtown Los Angeles, the Consumer Federation of America released the findings of a new report: Prop 103...
News Release
11/12/2013
CONTACT J. Robert Hunter & Tom Feltner, CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA
Washington, D.C. – In a report released today, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) studied state auto insurance rate regulation in every state.  It found that, over the past quarter century, auto insurance expenditures in America have increased by 43 percent on average, with the median state, Wisconsin, jumping 56 percent....
Blog Post
10/16/2013
By Harvey Rosenfield
Auto insurance rates in California have to be based primarily on a motorist’s driving safety record, the number of miles you drive each year, and how many years you’ve been on the road.  That’s one of the mandates of insurance reform Proposition 103, approved by California voters in a David versus Goliath battle with the...