17:33C-3. Standards for qualified insurer
21. a. The commissioner shall establish by regulation standards for a qualified insurer. These standards may include, but not be limited to, demonstration by the automobile insurer that it has a plan to increase access to automobile insurance for consumers residing in an automobile insurance urban enterprise zone; demonstration by the automobile insurer that it has a plan to assist newly appointed UEZ agents in developing the skills necessary to manage a successful business; procedures to monitor and evaluate the impact of efforts to expand services to urban areas; and materials designed to assist urban consumers in understanding automobile insurance coverages. For an automobile insurer doing business on a direct writing basis, the standards may include, but not be limited to, the insurer's marketing plans and goals for increasing its writing of risks in automobile insurance urban enterprise zones. Additionally, the commissioner shall consider the insurer's past performance in providing automobile insurance to persons residing in automobile insurance urban enterprise zones.
b. An automobile insurer, which meets the applicable standards established pursuant to subsection a. of this section, may certify to the commissioner that it is a qualified insurer.
c. An automobile insurer that certifies to the commissioner that it meets the standards established pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall be considered a qualified insurer for the purposes of this amendatory and supplementary act. If at any time the commissioner determines that a qualified insurer fails to meet the standards established pursuant to subsection a. of this section, or if the commissioner determines it necessary for the protection of the public, he may suspend or revoke the insurer's certification as a qualified insurer. If the commissioner determines that a qualified insurer has failed to meet its marketing plan and goals pursuant to this section, the commissioner may suspend or revoke the insurer's certification as a qualified insurer. In making this determination, the commissioner shall consider the past performance of the insurer in providing automobile insurance in urban areas. If an automobile insurer certifies that it meets the standards for becoming a qualified insurer and it does not meet those standards, that insurer shall not be a qualified insurer for purposes of this amendatory and supplementary act and may, at the discretion of the commissioner, be subject to a fine of not more than $25,000.
d. Only qualified insurers shall be eligible to participate in the automobile insurance urban enterprise zone program.
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