State insurance chief calls for review of auto rates in city, Prince George's

February 11, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The head of the Maryland Insurance Administration announced yesterday the formation of a task force that will study and review auto insurance rates in urban areas of the state.

Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. said the task force will include legislators, consumers and industry representatives, and that it will look at ways to lower auto insurance rates in Baltimore and in Prince George's County, which tend to have higher rates than other jurisdictions.

As a result of the high premiums in those areas of the state, Baltimore and Prince George's County have a higher percentage of uninsured motorists, Redmer said in a written statement released yesterday.

Redmer said he understands the "burden and frustration" associated with high auto rates and said it is "time for a comprehensive review."

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