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  • June 26, 2017
  • PCI Disappointed in House Passage of H-5531, Urges Senate to Oppose Unnecessary License Plate Scanning Legislation
  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The following statement regarding the House passage of H-5531 SUB A, An Act Relating to Motor and Other Vehicles – Electronic Confirmation and Compliance System can be attributed to Frank O’Brien, vice president state government affairs for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

    “PCI is disappointed that the House has passed H-5531, an unworkable and unnecessary piece of legislation that would allow for the creation of a license plate scanning system on Rhode Island roads. 

    “The bill raises a host of troubling issues from the gathering and transfer of massive amounts of information from insurers and others to a private entity, to a lack of legal authority to compel other states to provide vehicle registration information on out-of-state vehicles, to increasing costs for Rhode Island policy holders.

    “Most importantly, this legislation is simply unnecessary. The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles is already implementing an insurance verification system (RIIVS) to crack down on uninsured drivers.

    “We urge the Senate to oppose this unnecessary legislation that would needlessly threaten privacy and raise auto insurance costs for Rhode Island drivers.”

    PCI has detailed its strong objections to H-5531 in testimony before the House Committee on Corporations and in the attached letter. 

  • PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write $202 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 27 percent of the homeowners market, 33 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 34 percent of the private workers compensation market.
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