Massachusetts Bill Would Require Insurance for Tunnels

March 13, 2012

Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a bill that would require privately-owned tunnels to be insured if the tunnels are used by the traveling public.

Under the bill, the state Office of the Inspector General would determine how much and what kind of insurance the tunnel’s owner would need to purchase to fully protect motorists.

The tunnel’s owner would have until Sept. 30 of each year to show they’ve purchased insurance. If an owner refuses or fails to purchase the insurance, the state would be required to purchase the insurance and send the owner a bill.

Supporters say the goal is to protect drivers traveling through the privately-owned tunnels if they are injured or their cars are damaged.

The bill is one of dozens scheduled for a hearing Monday at the Statehouse.

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