Lucido: Auto insurance reforms demand enforcement

Also proposes digital driver license

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido said on Wednesday that new auto insurance reforms enacted this year require additional legislation to ensure proper enforcement of insurance requirements.

“The plan we passed to dramatically lower burdensome auto insurance costs was great and will benefit drivers throughout Macomb County and the rest of the state,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “But to further protect people and their wallets, we have to crack down on people who are out there driving without insurance. My bills will do that, and I encourage my colleagues to join me in getting them passed, soon.”

Lucido in January introduced legislation that would help ensure Michigan drivers are properly insured.

Senate Bill 6 would enable law enforcement to seize a vehicle’s license plate if a driver does not have an active insurance policy for the vehicle. The bill would give drivers 10 days to prove the vehicle’s insurance before the plate would be destroyed and the driver would be required to purchase a new vehicle registration to legally drive the vehicle again in the state.

SB 7 would create an electronic vehicle insurance verification system to enable the real time tracking of a vehicle’s insurance coverage status.

SB 6 remains before the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, while SB 7 awaits action by the Senate Committee on Insurance and Banking.

Lucido said he is also working on a new bill that would require the secretary of state to create an electronic driver license option for smart phones and other electronic devices.

“It only makes sense, in this day and age, that Michigan motorists should be able to have a digital driver license, similar to our law that allows them to display insurance information electronically,” Lucido said.

The senator said he hopes to formally introduce his digital driver license bill soon.