New Jersey Revised Statutes § 17:29c-7.1 - Refusal To Renew, Conditions

17:29C-7.1. Refusal to renew, conditions

26. a. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3 of P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-3), a licensed insurer may, in accordance with subsections b. and c. of this section, refuse to renew a policy of private passenger automobile insurance that provides coverage required to be maintained pursuant to P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-1 et seq.), except that no insurer shall refuse to renew a policy pursuant to subsections b. and c. of this section:

(1) in an amount in excess of 20% of the entire private passenger automobile insurance book of business of any one producer in force with the insurer at the end of the previous calendar year. For purposes of this paragraph, "producer" means a person licensed pursuant to P.L.1987, c.293 (C.17:22A-1 et seq.), who earned $10,000 or more from the insurer in the prior calendar year; and

(2) unless the insured or operator insured under the policy in the five years immediately preceding renewal has had at least two of the following or any combination thereof: (a) an at-fault accident; or (b) a moving violation which was assessed at least four automobile insurance eligibility points; or (c) had been required, but failed, to maintain coverage mandated by section 4 of P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-4) without lapse.

b. For each calendar year period, an insurer may issue notices of intention not to renew an automobile insurance policy in the voluntary market in an amount not to exceed 2% of the total number of voluntary market automobile insurance policies of the insurer, rounded to the nearest whole number, which are in force at the end of the previous calendar year in each of the insurer's rating territories in use in this State.

c. For every two newly insured automobiles which an insurer voluntarily writes in each territory during each calendar year period, the insurer shall be permitted to refuse to renew insurance on one additional automobile in that territory in excess of the 2% limitation established by subsection b. of this section, subject to a fair and nondiscriminatory formula developed by rule or regulation of the commissioner. The provisions of this subsection shall only apply to an insurer whose aggregate voluntary market share in an automobile insurance urban enterprise zone is reasonably proportionate to the insurer's voluntary Statewide market share as determined by the commissioner by regulation or in a rating territory in which the insurer demonstrates growth in the aggregate number of in-force exposures.

d. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any cancellation made pursuant to subsection (A) of section 2 of P.L.1968, c.158 (C.17:29C-7).

e. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1997, c.151.)

f. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an insurer from refusing to renew, in addition to nonrenewals permitted in subsections b. and c. of this section, the policy of any insured who has: (1) provided false or misleading information in connection with any application for insurance, renewal of insurance or claim for benefits under an insurance policy; or (2) who has failed to provide, after written request by an insurer, the minimum information necessary to accurately rate the policy under terms and conditions set forth by the commissioner in regulations .

L.1988,c.119,s.26; amended 1997, c.151, s.27..

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