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    Checklist for your Household Drivers

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 02:37 PM

    Did you know that every licensed driver in your household needs to be listed on your auto policy.  Even your neighbor that you let use your car once a week to go shopping needs to be listed.  The MA auto application states "all household licensed drivers, or anyone who customarily uses your auto" needs to be listed.  If they have their own policy they can be deferred on your policy.  Meaning they are listed on your policy because they have to be listed, but they are not rated on your policy.

    Another thing you have to be careful of is to make sure all listed drivers have an active license.  If their license has expired, or was suspended, and they are driving your car and get into an accident, the company has the right to deny paying the claim. 

    With the completive rating, (since 2008), it is up to the individual companies to decide how that want to handle that claim where the driver does not have an active license.  In most cases the company will deny paying the claim.

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    Who should be listed as an operator on your auto policy?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Mon, Feb 15, 2016 @ 02:02 PM

    Your auto insurance policy must list all licensed drivers living in your household, whether related to you or not.

    You also need to list anyone who does not live in your household, but, who occasionally or customarily drives your car.

    Example:  if you allow your neighbor to use your car once a week to go grocery shopping, they need to be listed on your policy.

    Typically any driver listed on your policy that has their own policy can be listed as a deferred operator.   They must be listed on the policy, but due to them having their own policy, they are not rated on your policy.

    If you must list a driver on your policy, but they do not drive your car, and NEVER will, not even to move it in the driveway, then you can exclude that driver.  In order to do that, you and the listed driver must both sign an exclusion form.

    Drivers who only have a Learner’s Permit are not required to be listed on your policy until they are fully licensed.  If they are involved in an accident, your policy will still respond, as long as they have their permit on them, and someone who is licensed is sitting in the passenger seat, next the permit driver.

    On the back of your coverage selection page it states:

    "Check carefully that all operators of your auto(s) are listed on your policy. Failure to list a household member or any individual who customarily operates your auto may have very serious Consequences.

    If you or someone else on your behalf has knowingly given us false deceptive, misleading or incomplete information that increases our risk of loss, we may refuse to pay claims under any or all of the Optional Insurance Parts and we may cancel your policy.  Such information includes the vehicle’s description and garaging location, the names of all household members and customary operators required to be listed and information about all listed driving records.  We may also limit our payments under Part 3 and Part 4.  We will verify the accuracy of the previous driving records of all listed operators with the Merit Rating Board.

    We will not pay for a collision or limited collision loss for an accident which occurs while your auto is being operated by a household member who is not listed as an operator on your policy.  Payment is withheld when the household member, if listed, would require the payment of an additional premium on your policy because the household member would be classified as an inexperienced operator or would require payment of additional premium on your policy under the Merit Rating Plan.”

    It’s better to be safe and list the drivers on your policy, than not to have a claim covered by your policy.

    If you have any questions, if a driver should or shouldn’t be listed, please give our office a call at 781-659-2262.

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