Florida FR44 Insurance Now Requires Full Payment

Florida FR44 insurance now requires full payment – Low cost polices still available to smart buyers!

As of May 4th 2012, Florida car insurance policies with Florida FR44 filing may not be cancelled by the insured or company after 30 days. The initial 30 day period is to allow the insurance company to complete its underwriting. After the company determines the risk eligible, according to its rules and guidelines, the non cancellable provision becomes effective. At this time, the company will notify the DMV and the DUI driver can reinstate their license.

From now on, most companies will only offer a paid in full bill plan for such policies. It’s very important to shop around because some companies will still offer a payment plan, although they might be soon to follow. Also, with any of the companies requiring the policy to be paid in full, the coverage on the  policy cannot be changed during the policy period and the premium is non refundable. Any changes to the risk will require a new policy to be purchased and paid in full. If the new policy is from the same company,
then they may apply a credit from the old policy to the new one.

This action will ensure that a DUI driver will have continuous Florida FR44 insurance with 100/300/50 liability in effect, for at least 6 months, after they reinstate their license. Having the proper insurance is good for everyone concerned, however, having to pay for it all at once will be unaffordable for some, leaving them without. Their license will remain suspended and any driving they may do invites additional harsh consequences.

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With some companies, even drivers who have had a Florida DUI insurance policy continuously in force without any lapse and paid monthly, must pay their renewal in full. The new mandate is very unfair to all these policyholders and many of them will simply be unable to pay. This will cause their license to be suspended and subject to additional reinstatement fees when they are finally able to afford a paid in full policy.

With low loss ratios and cancellations, Florida FR44 insurance policies are profitable for companies and many are competing for this business with sensible rates. The new rule will make the policies even more attractive for insurance companies which will have a price reducing effect for consumers. In the meantime however, it simply means the policyholder will have to “come up with the cash” for a paid in full policy with some companies to keep their license active. Some drivers who are unable to pay will inevitably drive without car insurance, making the mandate counterproductive in this circumstance.

Most people agree that driving while intoxicated is dangerous and should be dealt with aggressively to reduce the number of incidences. I do not believe this aggressive action will have much of an effect at reducing the number of DUI drivers, and may increase the number that drive without insurance. Punishing policyholders who have been compliant by maintaining their insurance and Florida FR44 filing in good standing, and forcing them to pay for their renewal premium in full, seems unjust to me.  I believe “Anyone can easily make this mistake and most learn their lesson the first time.” Targeting repeat offenders and those that do not maintain their required insurance would be a better approach.

Article Information Source (in part): floridafr44.com