POLICY BAN IS FOCUS OF CALIF. HEARING

POLICY BAN IS FOCUS OF CALIF. HEARING

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Miriam A. Vogel will conduct a hearing today to review an announcement by the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan that it will no longer accept good drivers after May 1.

Caarp officials have said the agency's purpose is to provide insurance only for those drivers who were refused insurance from any other source, according to the 1947 legislation authorizing the agency.Caarp officials also said that Proposition 103 requires all insurers to sell insurance to all drivers who qualify as good rivers under Proposition 103 guidelines.

Todd Huntington of Professional Insurance Agents of California and Nevada asked Caarp to hold off on the action for 90 days in hopes the legislature or courts will come up with a solution to the "growing insurance crisis."

Representatives of several agent groups, Insurance Commissioner Roxani Gillespie and consumer organizations voiced growing displeasure over the

shrinking insurance market at Caarp governing committee meetings in San Francisco on Monday and Tuesday.

The Caarp measure, if imposed, comes after a series of other moves making the purchase of car insurance more difficult.