Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 2. Rates and Rating Plans

Rate Reduction For Military Defensive Drivers -- Effective Period -- Exclusions

33-16-230. Rate reduction for military defensive drivers -- effective period -- exclusions. (1) (a) Any rates, rating schedules, or rating manuals for liability, bodily injury, or collision coverages of a motor vehicle insurance policy filed with the insurance department must provide for an appropriate premium reduction as determined by the insurer for a member of the Montana national guard who is an insured operator of a covered nonmilitary vehicle and who has successfully completed a defensive driving course referred to in 61-2-102(2).

(b) Any discount used by the insurer is presumed appropriate unless credible data demonstrates otherwise.

(2) The premium reduction required under subsection (1)(a) is effective for an insured for 3 years after successful completion of the approved course. Each person shall successfully complete a defensive driving course referred to in 61-2-102(2) every 3 years to remain eligible for the reduction provided in subsection (1)(a).

(3) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply if the approved course is taken as punishment specified by a court or other governmental entity for a moving traffic violation.

(4) An insurer may deny the discount under subsection (1)(a) if within 3 years prior to the insured's application for the rate reduction or during the period for which the rate reduction is provided:

(a) the insured was convicted of or plead guilty or nolo contendere to a moving traffic violation;

(b) the insured has forfeited bail or collateral for a moving traffic violation; or

(c) the insured was convicted by a court or found at fault in a motor vehicle accident.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 576, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 111, L. 2019.