An Act amending the Kansas automobile injury reparations act; concerning financial se- curity requirements; amending K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 40-3104, as amended by section 1 of 1996 Substitute for House Bill No. 2652, and repealing the existing section; also re- pealing K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 40-3104, as amended by section 2 of 1996 House Bill No. 2691.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 40-3104, as amended by section 1 of 1996 Substitute for House Bill No. 2652, is hereby amended to read as follows: 40-3104. (a) Every owner shall provide motor vehicle liability insurance coverage in accordance with the provisions of this act for every motor vehicle owned by such person, unless such motor vehicle: (1) Is included under an approved self-insurance plan as provided in subsection (f); (2) is used as a driver training motor vehicle, as defined in K.S.A. 72- 5015, and amendments thereto, in an approved driver training course by a school district or an accredited nonpublic school under an agreement with a motor vehicle dealer, and such motor vehicle liability insurance coverage is provided by the school district or accredited nonpublic school; (3) is included under a qualified plan of self-insurance approved by an agency of the state in which such motor vehicle is registered and the form prescribed in subsection (b) of K.S.A. 40-3106, and amendments thereto, has been filed; or (4) is expressly exempted from the provisions of this act.
(b) An owner of an uninsured motor vehicle shall not permit the operation thereof upon a highway or upon property open to use by the public, unless such motor vehicle is expressly exempted from the provi- sions of this act.
(c) No person shall knowingly drive an uninsured motor vehicle upon a highway or upon property open to use by the public, unless such motor vehicle is expressly exempted from the provisions of this act.
(d) Any person operating a motor vehicle upon a highway or upon property open to use by the public shall display, upon demand, evidence of financial security to a law enforcement officer. The law enforcement officer shall issue a citation to any person who fails to display evidence of financial security upon such demand. The law enforcement officer shall attach a copy of the insurance verification form prescribed by the secre- tary of revenue to the copy of the citation forwarded to the court.
No citation shall be issued to any person for failure to provide proof of financial security when evidence of financial security meeting the stan- dards of subsection (e) is displayed upon demand of a law enforcement officer. Whenever the authenticity of such evidence is questionable, the law enforcement officer may initiate the preparation of the insurance verification form prescribed by the secretary of revenue by recording information from the evidence of financial security displayed. The officer shall immediately forward the form to the department of revenue, and the department shall proceed with verification in the manner prescribed in the following paragraph. Upon return of a form indicating that insur- ance was not in force on the date indicated on the form, the department shall immediately forward a copy of the form to the law enforcement officer initiating preparation of the form.
(e) Unless the insurance company subsequently submits an
insurance verification form indicating that insurance was not in
force, no person charged with violating subsections (b), (c) or (d)
shall be convicted if such person produces in court, within
20 10 days of the date of arrest or of
issuance of the citation, evidence of financial security for the
motor ve- hicle operated, which was valid at the time of arrest or
of issuance of the citation. For the purpose of this subsection,
evidence of financial security shall be provided by a policy of
motor vehicle liability insurance, an iden- tification card or
certificate of insurance issued to the policyholder by the insurer
which provides the name of the insurer, the policy number and the
effective and expiration dates of the policy, or a certificate of
self- insurance signed by the commissioner of insurance. Upon the
production in court of evidence of financial security, the court
shall record the in- formation displayed thereon on the insurance
verification form prescribed by the secretary of revenue,
immediately forward such form to the de- partment of revenue, and
stay any further proceedings on the matter pending a request from
the prosecuting attorney that the matter be set for trial. Upon
receipt of such form the department shall mail the form to the
named insurance company for verification that insurance was in
force on the date indicated on the form. It shall be the duty of
insurance companies to notify the department within 30 calendar
days of the receipt of such forms of any insurance that was not in
force on the date specified. Upon return of any form to the
department indicating that insurance was not in force on such date,
the department shall immediately forward a copy of such form to the
office of the prosecuting attorney or the city clerk of the
municipality in which such prosecution is pending when the
prosecuting attorney is not ascertainable. Receipt of any completed
form indicating that insurance was not in effect on the date
specified shall be prima facie evidence of failure to provide proof
of financial security and violation of this section. A request that
the matter be set for trial shall be made immediately following the
receipt by the prosecuting attorney of a copy of the form from the
department of revenue indicating that insur- ance was not in force.
Any charge of violating subsection (b), (c) or (d) shall be
dismissed if no request for a trial setting has been made within 60
days of the date evidence of financial security was produced in
(f) Any person in whose name more than 25 motor vehicles are reg- istered in Kansas may qualify as a self-insurer by obtaining a certificate of self-insurance from the commissioner of insurance. The certificate of self-insurance issued by the commissioner shall cover such owned vehi- cles and those vehicles, registered in Kansas, leased to such person if the lease agreement requires that motor vehicle liability insurance on the vehicles be provided by the lessee. Upon application of any such person, the commissioner of insurance may issue a certificate of self-insurance, if the commissioner is satisfied that such person is possessed and will continue to be possessed of ability to pay any liability imposed by law against such person arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of any motor vehicle described in this subsection. A self-insurer shall provide liability coverage subject to the provisions of subsection (e) of K.S.A. 40-3107, and amendments thereto, arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of a self-insured motor vehicle in those instances where the lessee or the rental driver, if not the lessee, does not have a motor vehicle liability insurance policy or insurance coverage pur- suant to a motor vehicle liability insurance policy or certificate of insur- ance or such insurance policy for such leased or rented vehicle. Such liability coverage shall be provided to any person operating a self-insured motor vehicle with the expressed or implied consent of the self-insurer.
[awUpon notice and a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure act, the commissioner of insurance may cancel a certificate of self-insurance upon reasonable grounds. Failure to provide liability coverage or personal injury protection benefits required by K.S.A. 40-3107 and 40-3109, and amendments thereto, or pay any liability imposed by law arising out of the ownership, operation, mainte- nance or use of a motor vehicle registered in such self-insurer's name, or to otherwise comply with the requirements of this subsection shall con- stitute reasonable grounds for the cancellation of a certificate of self- insurance. Reasonable grounds shall not exist unless such objectionable activity occurs with such frequency as to indicate a general business practice.
Self-insureds shall investigate claims in a reasonably prompt manner, handle such claims in a reasonable manner based on available information and effectuate prompt, fair and equitable settlement of claims in which liability has become reasonably clear.
As used in this subsection, ``liability imposed by law'' means the stated limits of liability as provided under subsection (e) of K.S.A. 40-3107, and amendments thereto.
Nothing in this subsection shall preclude a self-insurer from pursuing all rights of subrogation against another person or persons.
(g) (1) Any person violating any provision of this section shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 or confinement in the county jail for a term of not more than six months, or both such fine and confinement.
(2) Any person convicted of violating any provision of this section within three years of any such prior conviction shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
(h) In addition to any other penalties provided by this act for
failure to have or maintain financial security in effect, the
director, upon receipt of a report required by K.S.A. 8-1607 or
8-1611, and amendments thereto, or a denial of such insurance by
the insurance company listed on the form prescribed by the
secretary of revenue pursuant to subsection (d) of this section,
shall, upon notice and hearing as provided by K.S.A. 40-3118, and
(1) (A) The license of each driver in
any manner involved in the ac- cident; (2) (B) the license of the owner of each
motor vehicle involved in such accident, unless the vehicle was
stolen at the time of the accident, proof of which must be
established by the owner of the motor vehicle. Theft by a member of
the vehicle owner's immediate family under the age of 18 years
shall not constitute a stolen vehicle for the purposes of this
section; (3) the registrations of all vehicles owned by the owner
of each motor vehicle involved in such accident; (4) (C) if the driver is a nonresident,
the privilege of operating a motor vehicle within this state;
or (5) (D) if such owner is a nonresident,
the privilege of such owner to operate or permit the operation
within this state of any motor vehicle owned by such
owner .; and
(2) revoke the registration of all vehicles owned by the owner of each motor vehicle involved in such accident.
(i) The suspension or revocation requirements in subsection (h) shall not apply:
(1) To the driver or owner if the owner had in effect at the time of the accident an automobile liability policy as required by K.S.A. 40-3107, and amendments thereto, with respect to the vehicle involved in the ac- cident;
(2) to the driver, if not the owner of the vehicle involved in the ac- cident, if there was in effect at the time of the accident an automobile liability policy with respect to such driver's driving of vehicles not owned by such driver;
(3) to any self-insurer as defined by subsection (u) of K.S.A. 40-3103, and amendments thereto;
(4) to the driver or owner of any vehicle involved in the accident which was exempt from the provisions of this act pursuant to K.S.A. 40- 3105, and amendments thereto;
(5) to the owner of a vehicle described in subsection (a)(2).
(j) For the purposes of provisions (1) and (2) of subsection (i) of this section, the director may require verification by an owner's or driver's insurance company or agent thereof that there was in effect at the time of the accident an automobile liability policy as required in this act.
Any suspension or revocation effected hereunder shall
remain in effect until satisfactory proof of financial security has
been filed with the director as required by subsection (d) of
K.S.A. 40-3118, and amendments thereto, and such person has been
released from liability or is a party to an action to determine
liability pursuant to which the court temporarily stays such
suspension pending final disposition of such action, has entered
into an agreement for the payment of damages, or has been finally
adjudicated not to be liable in respect to such accident and
evidence of any such fact has been filed with the director and has
paid the reinstatement fee herein prescribed. Such reinstatement
fee shall be $25 except that if the regis- tration of a motor
vehicle of any owner is
within one year following a prior suspension
revocation of the registration of a motor vehicle of such
owner under the provisions of this act such fee shall be $75.
(k) The provisions of this section shall not apply to motor carriers of property or passengers regulated by the corporation commission of the state of Kansas.
(l) The provisions of subsection (d) shall not apply to vehicle dealers, as defined in K.S.A. 8-2401, and amendments thereto, for vehicles being offered for sale by such dealers.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 40-3104, as amended by section 1 of 1996 Substitute for House Bill No. 2652, and K.S.A. 1995 Supp. 40-3104, as amended by section 2 of 1996 House Bill No. 2691, are hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.
Approved May 11, 1996.