CHAPTER 198

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 71

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NOS. 2, 3, 4 AND 6 AND HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTERS 1, 21 AND 29 OF TITLE 21, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO MINIMUM INSURANCE COVERAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THIS STATE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend §2118(aX2) b, Chapter 21, Title 21, Section 2118, Delaware Code, by striking said subsection in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new subsection b to read as follows:

"b The minimum insurance coverage which will satisfy the requirements of subparagraph a of this paragraph is a minimum limit for the total of all payments which must be made pursuant to that subsection of $15,000 for any one person and $30,000 for all persons injured in any one accident."

Section 2. Amend §2118(a)(3), Chapter 21, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking subsection (3) in Its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof a new subsection (3) to read as follows:

"(3) Compensation for damage to property arising as a result of an accident involving the motor vehicle, other than damage to a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, self-propelled mobile equipment and any property in or upon any of the aforementioned, with the minimum limits of $10,000 for any one accident."

Section 3. Amend §101(27) of Chapter 1, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking said subsection in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof a new subsection (27) as follows:

"'Proof of financial responsibility' means proof of ability to respond in damages for liability on account of accidents occurring subsequent to the effective date of said proof arising out of ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle in the amount of $15,000 because of bodily injury to or death of 1 person in any 1 accident, and, subject to such limit for 1 person, in the amount of $30,000 because of bodily injury to or death of 2 or more persons in any 1 accident and in the amount of $10,000 because of injury to or destruction of property of others In any 1 accident, or a combined single limit of $40,000."

Section 4. Amend §2944(1) of Chapter 29, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking the figure "$10,006' as it appears therein and inserting in lieu thereof the figure 115,000".

Section 5. Amend §2944(2) of Chapter 29, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking the figure "$10,000" and "$20,000" as they appear in said subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the figures "$15,000" and 130,000" respectively.

Section 6. Amend §2944(3) of Chapter 29, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking the figure "$5,000" as it appears in said subsection (3) and inserting in lieu thereof the figure "$10,006".

Section 7. Amend §2951(a) of Chapter 29, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking the figures "$25,000" wherever it appears and substituting in lieu thereof the figures "$40,000".

Section 8. Amend §2902(bX2), Chapter 29, Title 21, Delaware Code, by striking the figures "$10,000" and "$20,000" as they appear therein and substituting in lieu thereof the figures "$15,000" and "$30,000" respectively.

Section 9. This legislation shall become effective six (6) months from the date of signature by the Governor.

Approved July 19, 1983.