Here at the Cotgreave Agency we pride ourselves in educating and providing resources to our customers that enable them to protect and grow themselves or their business with insurance in mind. Below are some useful tools and resources that can aid you going forward...
Business Auto Driver Qualifying - MVR & License Event Notification Service Source for Employers
LENS & IIX Program
The Fair Credit Reporting Act made it illegal for agents to give MVRs to clients for employment purposes. Agents can be fined, lose their license, and/or lose the ability to run MVRs if found to violate these laws. I’m sure some agents are still doing this, but they’ll be caught soon enough.
Below is a message sent from the Professional Insurance Agents association of New York (PIA) about this.
An MVR ordered for insurance purposes may not be used for employment purposes. There are special requirements in the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) and the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) regarding the use and release of such information. A common mistake insurance professionals make in complying with the FCRA is passing the MVR they ordered to evaluate insurability to their commercial clients to make employment decisions. An insurance carrier or agent who does this is in violation of the FCRA.
For the complete text of the FCRA, visit www.ftc.gov, or of the DPPA, visit uscode/house.gov/ususc.htm. Information can also be found on iix.com under Forms/Information.
If you would like a service to run and screen MVR's for employment purposes, there are 2 options. Both offer up to date monitoring of employee driving records with capabilities of notifying you of any changes in license status or violations throughout employment:
1. LENS Program by NYS DMV – FOR NYS LICENSES ONLY
Visit DMV to set up at their web address and phone assistance (518) 486-9786 https://dmv.ny.gov/dmv-records/license-event-notification-service-lens-accounts
2. IIX Service 3rd Party Source – FOR NATION WIDE LICENSES
IIX sales at (800) 683-8553, or go to www.iix.com. They can set you up with an account to their "Express Net" service, to be able to access MVR information instantly, right on-line through your browser, as soon as your account is established.
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Auto Insurance - Dash Cameras for Fleet and Personal Use
Having a dashboard camera can come in handy in many ways. In your personal vehicle or in you businesses fleet of vehicles there are many cases where having a video documenting a certain indecent can be a big help. Our agency has partnered with a retailer of state of the art dash cameras and drive monitoring systems to help provide our customers with an excellent product at a wholesale rate. Below is how to contact the retailer to purchase these dash cam systems...
Cameras through Rosco Vision Systems can be purchased by contacting Ryan Whelan. Please be sure to reference our account name which is COTGREAVE when inquiring about your camera system.
Their website is https://www.roscovision.com/ and all of their products are listed and shown.
This is a link to the camera that we are suggesting for commercial and personal customers -
Regional Sales Manager
Rosco Vision Systems
90-21 144th Place
Jamaica, NY 11435-4397 USA
What to do at the scene of an AUTO ACCIDENT
Having an auto accident can be very stressful and can leave you feeling a bit scattered. That's why it's important to make sure you and your employees are prepared for post-accident procedures. This 6-step cheat sheet can help make the moments after an accident less stressful and the claims process a whole lot smoother.
What to do at the scene of an AUTO ACCIDENT
1. STOP but do not obstruct traffic.
*Never Drive away from an accident, even minor.
2. ASSIST any injured and call the Police.
*Tell the police exactly what happened.
3. EXCHANGE or SECURE the following information:
Names, phone numbers, addresses of other drivers, witnesses or injured persons involved.Make, model, license plate numbers of all vehicles involved.
Make, model, license plate numbers of all vehicles involved.
*Take pictures of driver license(s), insurance card(s), vehicle registration(s) if possible.
4. TAKE photos of the accident scene.
5. REMAIN calm, courteous and consistent in your version of the accident.
6. NOTIFY your employer and/or insurance agent ASAP.
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