25. As used in sections 25 through 33 of this 1990 amendatory and supplementary act:
"Automobile" means an automobile as defined in section 2 of P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-2).
"Automobile insurance" means insurance for an automobile including coverage for bodily injury liability and property damage liability, comprehensive and collision coverages, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, personal injury protection coverage, additional personal injury protection coverage and any other automobile insurance required by law.
"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance.
a.Refusal by an insurance agent to submit an application on behalf of an applicant to any of the insurers represented by the agent;
b.Refusal by an insurer to issue an automobile insurance policy to an eligible person upon receipt of an application for automobile insurance;
c.The offer of automobile insurance coverage with less favorable terms or conditions than those requested by an eligible person; or
d.The refusal by an insurer or agent to provide, upon the request of an eligible person, an application form or other means of making an application or request for automobile insurance coverage.
"Automobile insurance eligibility points" means points calculated under the schedule promulgated by the commissioner pursuant to section 26 of this act.
"Eligible person" means a person who is an owner or registrant of an automobile registered in this State or who holds a valid New Jersey driver's license to operate an automobile, but does not include any person:
a.Who, during the three-year period immediately preceding application for, or renewal of, an automobile insurance policy has been convicted pursuant to R.S.39:4-50 or section 2 of P.L.1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a), or for an offense of a substantially similar nature committed in another jurisdiction; has been convicted of a crime of the first, second or third degree resulting from the use of a motor vehicle; or has been convicted of theft of a motor vehicle;
b.Whose driver's license to operate an automobile is under suspension or revocation;
c.Who has been convicted, within the five-year period immediately preceding application for or renewal of a policy of automobile insurance, of fraud or intent to defraud involving an insurance claim or an application for insurance; or who has been successfully denied, within the immediately preceding five years, payment by an insurer of a claim in excess of $1,000 under an automobile insurance policy, if there was evidence of fraud or intent to defraud involving the automobile insurance claim or application;
d.Whose policy of automobile insurance has been canceled because of nonpayment of premium or financed premium within the immediately preceding two-year period, unless the premium due on a policy for which application has been made is paid in full before issuance or renewal of the policy;
e.Who fails to obtain or maintain membership or qualification for membership in a club, group, or organization, if membership is a uniform requirement of the insurer as a condition of providing insurance, and if the dues or charges, if any, or other conditions for membership or qualifications for membership are applied uniformly throughout this State, are not expressed as a percentage of the insurance premium, and do not vary with respect to the rating classification of the member or potential member except for the purpose of offering a membership fee to family units. Membership fees, if applicable, may vary in accordance with the amount or type of coverage if the purchase of additional coverage, either as to type or amount, is not a condition for reduction of dues or fees;
f.Whose driving record for the three-year period immediately preceding application for or renewal of a policy of automobile insurance has an accumulation of automobile insurance eligibility points as determined under the schedule promulgated by the commissioner pursuant to section 26 of this act;
g.Who possesses such other risk factors as determined to be relevant by rule or regulation of the commissioner; or
h.Who, during the three-year period immediately preceding application for, or renewal of, an automobile insurance policy, has knowingly provided materially false or misleading information in connection with an application for insurance, renewal of insurance or claim for benefits under an insurance policy.
"Insurance agent" or "agent" means an insurance agent as defined by subsection f. of section 2 of P.L.1987, c.293 (C.17:22A-2) and shall also include an insurance broker as defined by subsection g. of section 2 of P.L.1987, c.293 (C.17:22A-2) who has a brokerage relationship with an insurer.
"Insurer" means any insurer authorized or admitted to write automobile insurance in this State, but does not include the New Jersey Automobile Full Insurance Underwriting Association created pursuant to sections 13 through 34 of P.L.1983, c.65 (C.17:30E-1 et seq.) or any residual market mechanism implemented pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1970, c.215 (C.17:29D-1).
L.1990,c.8,s.25: amended 2003, c.89, s.63.
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