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New York Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Demonstration Program

 

New York State enacted Executive Law, Article 36-A (L.1994, c.170) creating the New York Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Demonstration Program to help reduce the overall cost of motor vehicle insurance in the State.  A 12-member  Motor  Vehicle  Theft  and  Insurance  Fraud  Prevention  Board  (Board) was  authorized under this statute to oversee the program within the Division of Criminal Justice Services.   Members of the Board, selected by the Governor and the Legislature, include representatives of law enforcement, consumers of motor vehicle insurance, insurance carriers, and relevant state agencies.  The Board became operational in September of 1997 with the appointment of its members.

Funding for the program is provided for under State Finance Law §89-d which established a special fund consisting of monies received from  the $10 dollar fee assessed on each insurance policy issued for a portion of passenger vehicles and all other motor vehicles registered in New York State Insurance Law §9110. 

Of the funds collected, a portion is provided to the New York State Police for their efforts with the remainder to be overseen by the Board.  In 1997, $1.2 million was awarded to eight grantees composted of law enforcement, prosecutors and training associations.  For calendar year 2012, a total of $3,800,000 has been allocated to 30 grant awardees.

In August 1999, the Board, in keeping with its mission, initiated the development of a statewide plan for curtailing motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud throughout New York State.  The Board determined that the experience and expertise gained as a result of the ongoing operations of the funded demonstration projects provided a solid foundation upon which to build a realistic Statewide Plan.  To research and develop a plan that was reflective of the problem in all regions of New York State, the Board recommended that law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and insurance carriers with extensive expertise in this area be involved in its development.  The annually updated Statewide Plan of Operation is available as a resource on the DCJS web site, http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/