Auto Insurance News You May Have Missed Week of June 16th 2014

Auto Insurance News 2014

When Virginia DMV implementing law changes in July

RICHMOND, Va. —The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is getting ready to implement legislative changes that go into effect in July. Among the changes is the repeal of the $64 hybrid vehicle license tax. Those who renewed hybrid vehicle registrations for multiple years are entitled to a refund.

Source: WXII12.com

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Toyota details recall plans for 844,277 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbags

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — Toyota Motor Corp. outlined a plan to fix airbags made by supplier Takata Corp. that could project metal fragments in 844,277 previously recalled U.S. cars and trucks, including the 2003 and 2004 Corolla sedan. The company’s announcement included one General Motors Co. model — Pontiac Vibe models from 2003 to 2004 — that was produced at a Toyota factory under an agreement with the U.S. automaker. Other Toyota models include the Matrix hatchback and Tundra pickup truck from the same years, and the Sequoia SUV and Lexus SC from model years 2002 to 2004.

Source: Autonews.com

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Renewing license? Goodbye, DMV; hello, Hillsborough tax collector

TAMPA — Hillsborough County residents who need to renew their driver’s license or get a license plate won’t be going to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles office after June of next year. The state agency, which for many years was the only place to get driver’s licenses and license plates and take driving tests, has slowly been turning over those duties to tax collectors in most Florida counties.

Source: TBO.com

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New Bill Would Eliminate Cap on Auto Insurance Rates

RALEIGH — A newly proposed bill would do away with North Carolina’s cap on auto insurance rates. Currently, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin sets a cap for auto insurance companies each year. Companies then have the option of offering driver discounts. The new Good Driver Discount bill would allow companies to opt out of current system and set their own rates.

Source: TWC News.com

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DMV Select to open June 23 in New Kent

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will open a pilot DMV Select inside of New Kent County’s Administration Building on June 23.

Source: NKCCnews.com

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GM says it will ‘rework or replace’ ignition keys on 3.4 million cars

DETROIT — General Motors today said it is recalling 3.4 million cars in North America because bumpy terrain could move the ignition switch out of the run position if the driver’s key chain is too heavy — the same basic problem that began its recall crisis earlier this year. GM said Ray DeGiorgio, the engineer who was fired for his role in the Chevrolet Cobalt recall, also approved the ignition switch used in the vehicles covered by the latest recall.

Source: Autonews.com

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DMV to serve southern New Castle Co. with new state-of-the-art facility

The Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles cut the ribbon on its brand new 42,000 square foot DMV facility Monday. Located on Route 13 south just north of the St. Georges bridge near Delaware City, the complex opens its doors to the public Tuesday. The 24-acre flagship location will serve the growing Middletown and Bear population, expecting to handle over 30,000 customers from mid to southern New Castle County each month.

Source: WDDE.org

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Smog Spotter program allows motorists to report violators

If you’ve lived in Las Vegas for more than a few days, chances are you’ve seen a car belching smoke so thick you can barely tell what color it is. Smog Spotter, a campaign by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, is designed to stop that.

Source: Reviewjournal.com

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New Jersey Drivers Report Spike In Pothole Claims Following Harsh Winter

RED BANK, N.J., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — New Jersey car insurance group Plymouth Rock Assurance is reporting a sharp increase in the number of pothole related claims received over the last year. From the winter of 2012-2013 to the winter of 2013-2014, Plymouth Rock’s ratio of pothole-related claims relative to all collision claims increased by 62 percent.

Source: insurancenewsnet.com

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