Commercial Auto News

Williston, North Dakota Cracks Down on Unlicensed, Uninsured Taxis

The Williston, N.D., city commission has approved a new taxi cab ordinance that will fine drivers for operating a vehicle without a city license or insurance. The Williston Herald reports that the rules came after complaints from several taxi drivers …

Top Loss Leaders in the Oil Patch? Commercial Auto, Workers’ Comp

There’s no doubt that new advancements in the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are driving the current production boom in the oil patch. The technique, which is used to retrieve oil and gas reservoirs that previously were inaccessible via …

North Dakota Tries to Stem Oil Region Traffic Deaths

Despite efforts to improve roads and safety enforcement, traffic fatalities in North Dakota’s drilling regions keep climbing while the rest of the state’s roads are getting safer. Traffic deaths in six western counties rose last year to 63, from 54 …

Commercial Auto Insurers Still Struggle to Profit: Fitch

Commercial automobile insurers reported a third consecutive year of underwriting losses in 2013. According to an analysis by Fitch Ratings, the combined ratio came in at 106 for 2013 compared with 107 for 2012. In a special report, “Commercial Auto …

SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho

Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can …

Stratton Agency Acquires Willis Insurance Services Retail Pizza Program

Stratton Agency, an independent insurance brokerage, has acquired Willis Insurance Services retail pizza program. This purchase, initiated by the PizzaSurance division, includes hundreds of pizzeria clients in 38 states across the country. PizzaSurance by Stratton Agency is a customized insurance …

Insurers to Illinois Lawmakers: Regulate Commercial Rideshare Insurance Coverage

Two of the nation’s largest property/casualty insurer trade associations have weighed in with Illinois lawmakers on the subject of insurance coverage for commercial rideshare companies, saying such companies should be regulated in the same manner as other “for hire” auto …

GMI, Charles James Cayias to Offer Insurance for Professional Pilot Cars

GMI Insurance, a managing general agency specializing in commercial transportation exposures, has formed an exclusive partnership with Charles James Cayias Insurance, Inc. of Salt Lake City to insure a new pilot car program. The coverage targets pilot cars or escort …

UPS Driver in Michigan Works 51 Years, No Crashes

UPS driver Tom Camp from Livonia, Mich., and his big, brown truck have done something no other UPS driver has accomplished: 51 years without an accident. That’s after an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 miles on the road in metro Detroit, …

North Dakota Oil Patch Town Wants Speed Limit Reduced

Residents of a small town in the middle of the North Dakota oil patch say they’re sick of semitrailers barreling past their homes and want the state to do something about it. Arlene Isaak, 87, and other residents in Arnegard, …