NJ Mandates $1.5M Liability Coverage for Commercial Vehicles

In a significant move towards enhancing road safety and financial protection, New Jersey has enacted a new regulation that mandates higher liability insurance coverage for commercial motor vehicles. Starting from July 1, 2024, all commercial vehicles garaged in New Jersey with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 26,001 pounds or more must carry total liability limits of $1.5 million. This applies to both new and renewal business policies.

The Impact of the New Regulation

This regulatory change aims to provide greater financial security in the event of accidents involving large commercial vehicles. Higher liability limits ensure that accident victims have better chances of being adequately compensated for damages and injuries. For businesses, this means a significant shift in their insurance requirements, necessitating a review and adjustment of their current policies.

Adapting to the New Requirements

Insurance companies across the industry are actively adapting to the new auto liability coverage requirements set by New Jersey. Some existing rating systems do not include a $1.5 million auto liability limit option. However, this does not mean that businesses will be unable to comply with the new regulations.

To meet the new liability limits, businesses can use a combination of Auto Combined Single Limit (CSL) and Umbrella insurance. This approach allows for the necessary coverage to be achieved even if the primary auto policy does not directly offer a $1.5 million limit. By leveraging these options, insurance providers ensure that businesses remain compliant and adequately covered under the new law.

What Businesses Need to Do

Businesses operating commercial vehicles in New Jersey should take proactive steps to ensure compliance with the new regulation. This involves:

  1. Reviewing Current Policies: Businesses must assess their existing auto liability coverage and determine if it meets the new $1.5 million requirement.
  2. Consulting with Insurance Providers: Engaging with their insurance agents or brokers to understand the available options for meeting the new limits.
  3. Considering Umbrella Policies: If the current auto policy does not meet the required limit, businesses should consider adding an Umbrella or Excess liability policy to cover the shortfall.
  4. Budgeting for Increased Premiums: Higher liability limits typically result in higher insurance premiums. Businesses should prepare for this financial impact and budget accordingly.

Key Takeaways

The new liability insurance requirements in New Jersey represent a crucial step towards increased road safety and financial protection. As your insurance partner, we are here to help you navigate these changes seamlessly. By proactively reviewing your current policies and considering the available insurance solutions, we can ensure that your business remains compliant and well-protected. Let’s work together to make this transition as smooth as possible and secure the coverage you need to stay safe on the road.