Ohio is among 22 state legislatures in the country considering changing their laws to allow drivers to use their cell phones to show proof of insurance, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
“States are taking another step into the Electronic Age by changing their laws to allow drivers to show their insurance ID cards on their smartphone,” said Alex Hageli, PCI director, personal lines policy. “No longer will motorists be ticketed and have to take time off of work to go to court for driving without insurance just because they couldn’t find a current ID card in their car. This is such a common sense switch that will save everybody time and effort.”
There are 22 states considering electronic proof of coverage bills or proposals during the 2013 legislative sessions including: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Wyoming’s measure, SF 87 has already cleared the Wyoming State Senate.
In 2012 five states made the change to e-Card including: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana and Minnesota. Alabama approved regulations allowing electronically displayed proof of insurance at both registration and during traffic stops. Colorado already has a regulation allowing electronic proof of coverage when vehicles are registered, and will consider legislation to expand it to traffic stops this year.
Staff Dayton Business Journal
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