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Brooke Kelley-Hunt


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June 4, 2014

St. Andrew Public District Postpones “Crash Tax”

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The St. Andrews Public Service District (PSD) Fire Chief Mark Schrade announced at tonight’s meeting to hold enforcement of crash tax fees in abeyance until further notice. Last month commissioners unanimously voted to implement the Motor Vehicle Service Fee ordinance that would charge out-of-area travelers involved in accidents a fee when the PSD is called upon to respond. The following statement can be attributed to PCI’s regional manager Oyango Snell. Additionally, PCI has individuals in Charleston who will be available for interviews.

“PCI is pleased with the chief’s announcement to postpone the crash tax for now. While we are sympathetic to local officials looking for ways to increase revenue without raising taxes, this implementation of a crash tax is not the right answer. We’re looking forward to working with the fire chief and his staff to come up with a workable solution we can agree upon. It’s important that Charleston area residents understand accident response fees are not covered by auto insurance policies as they do not fit under the standard definition of either property damage or bodily injury coverage. If insurers are forced to pay these fees, insurance costs could increase.”

“PCI will continue to work with the St. Andrews District and South Carolina lawmakers to come up with the best solution.”

PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross-section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write over $195 billion in annual premium, 39 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 46 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 32 percent of the homeowners market, 37 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 41 percent of the private workers compensation market.