[r89] Rep. Kirchhofer supports expansion of uninsured motorists registry (4/12/2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Start Date: 4/12/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/12/2011
STATEHOUSE - State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) co-sponsored a Senate bill that expands the registration of uninsured motorists. Senate Bill 334, which requires registry of uninsured motorists operating a vehicle, passed in the House by a 92 to 1 vote.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles maintains the Previous Uninsured Motorist Registry. According to their website, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles only adds an uninsured driver to the registry if they have a judgment for, or who is convicted of, operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Individuals on the registry are randomly selected to submit proof of insurance through their insurance carrier. Failure to provide the required documentation results in a lengthened suspension and increased reinstatement fees.

"The majority of Hoosiers are driving legally by being insured," said Rep. Kirchhofer. "Uninsured drivers are a small minority that continues to put insured drivers at financial risk."

Under SB 334, an uninsured driver will be added to the registry if the BMV takes any administrative action against the driver, such as a license expiration, suspension or cancellation.

"The BMV's registry should be as comprehensive as possible" said Rep. Kirchhofer. "If the driver does not have a license, insurance or both, then the BMV should be able to obtain compliance before they get back behind the wheel."

If signed by the Governor, SB 334 would be effective July 1, 2011.