Maine Revised Statutes

§1605. Proof of financial responsibility

1. Requirements.  To be accepted as proof of financial responsibility, a policy must:
A. Conform to section 1606, subsection 2; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. Include the condition that the obligor must, within 30 days of rendition of judgment, satisfy the judgment in an action to recover damages:
(1) To property or for bodily injury, including death;
(2) Accidentally sustained during the term of the policy by a person other than the insured, employees of the insured actually operating the motor vehicle or another person responsible who is entitled to worker's compensation benefits; and
(3) Arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance, control or use of a vehicle within the limits of the United States of America or Canada; and [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
C. Be in the amount or limit of at least:
(1) For damage to property, $25,000;
(2) For injury to or death of any one person, $50,000;
(3) For one accident resulting in injury to or death of more than one person, $100,000; and
(4) For medical payments pursuant to section 1605-A, $2,000. [2007, c. 213, §1 (AMD); 2007, c. 213, §3 (AFF).]
[ 2007, c. 213, §1 (AMD); 2007, c. 213, §3 (AFF) .]
2. Scope of proof.  Insurance in the minimum amounts listed in subsection 1, paragraph C must be furnished for each vehicle registered, and evidence of insurance may be provided at the time of registration in electronic form, including the display of an image on a portable electronic device. Separate proof of financial responsibility is not required for a trailer, semitrailer, camp trailer or mobile home, registered to a person required to file proof of financial responsibility, that is covered by a policy on a vehicle registered by that person and provides the coverage required for a motor vehicle liability policy.
[ 2013, c. 72, §6 (AMD) .]
3. Methods of giving proof.  Proof of financial responsibility may be given by the following methods:
A. By filing with the Secretary of State a certificate from an insurance or surety company; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. By the deposit of money or securities; or [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
C. For a corporation, by satisfying the Secretary of State that the corporation has financial ability to comply with the requirements of this subchapter. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
4. Money or securities deposited as proof.  A person may give proof of financial responsibility by delivering to the Secretary of State a receipt of the Treasurer of State showing a deposit of money or securities approved by the Treasurer of State with a value or amount equal to that required in a policy.
Securities must be of a type that may legally be purchased by savings banks or for trust funds.
Money or securities deposited are subject to execution to satisfy a judgment, but are not otherwise subject to attachment or execution.
The depositor shall also provide evidence that there are no unsatisfied judgments against the depositor registered in the office of the clerk of any Superior Court in this State.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
5. May substitute other proof.  The Secretary of State shall return or cancel proof on acceptance of other adequate proof of financial responsibility.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
6. Operating without giving proof.  A person commits a Class E crime if that person is required to maintain proof of financial responsibility and, without authorization from the Secretary of State and without that proof, operates a vehicle or knowingly permits a vehicle owned by that person to be operated by another on a public way.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
7. Restricted license.  When a person is required to maintain proof of financial responsibility, the Secretary of State may issue a restricted license to that person authorizing the operation of a vehicle as long as the owner maintains proof of financial responsibility.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
8. Electronic filing of proof of financial responsibility.  The Secretary of State shall implement a system for the electronic filing of proof of financial responsibility under this section.
[ 1997, c. 165, §4 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1993, c. 683, §A2 (NEW). 1993, c. 683, §B5 (AFF). 1997, c. 165, §4 (AMD). 1997, c. 176, §5 (AMD). 1997, c. 176, §8 (AFF). 2007, c. 213, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 213, §3 (AFF). 2013, c. 72, §6 (AMD).

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