48.175.010  <<  48.175.020 >>   48.175.030

Program's liabilitiesOwner's insurance policy.

(1) Notwithstanding any provision in the owner's insurance policy and notwithstanding chapter 46.29 RCW, in the event of any loss or injury that occurs at any time when the vehicle is under the operation or control of a person, other than the vehicle's registered owner, pursuant to a program, or is otherwise under the control of a program, the program shall assume all liability of the vehicle owner and shall be considered the vehicle owner for all purposes.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section:
(a) Limits the liability of a program for any acts or omissions by the program that result in injury to any persons as a result of the use or operation of the program; or
(b) Limits the ability of the program to, by contract, seek indemnification from the vehicle's registered owner for any claims paid by the program for any loss or injury resulting from fraud or material intentional misrepresentation by the vehicle's registered owner, provided that the vehicle sharing program disclose in the contract that:
(i) The program is entitled to seek indemnification in these circumstances; and
(ii) The registered owner's insurance policy does not provide defense or indemnification for any loss or injury resulting from fraud or material intentional misrepresentation.
(3) A program continues to be liable under subsection (1) of this section until:
(a) The vehicle is returned to a location designated by the program, as set forth in the contract between the registered owner and the program; and
(b)(i) The expiration of the time period established for the vehicle occurs;
(ii) The intent to terminate the vehicle's personal vehicle sharing use is verifiably communicated to the program, as set forth in the contract between the registered owner and the program; or
(iii) The vehicle's registered owner takes possession and control of the vehicle.
(4)(a) A program shall assume liability, including the costs of defense and indemnification, for a claim in which a dispute exists as to who was in control of a private passenger motor vehicle when the loss giving rise to the claim occurred.
(b) The insurer of the vehicle shall indemnify the program to the extent of the insurer's obligation under the owner's insurance policy, if it is determined that the vehicle's registered owner was in control of the vehicle at the time of the loss.
(5) If a private passenger motor vehicle's registered owner is named as a defendant in a civil action for any loss or injury that occurs at any time when the vehicle is under the operation or control of a person, other than the vehicle's registered owner, pursuant to a program, or is otherwise under the control of a program, the program shall have the duty to defend and indemnify the vehicle's registered owner.
(6)(a) Notwithstanding any provision in the owner's insurance policy, while the vehicle is under the operation or control of a person, other than the vehicle's registered owner, pursuant to a program, or is otherwise under the control of a program:
(i) The insurer providing coverage to the owner of a private passenger motor vehicle may exclude any and all coverage afforded under the owner's insurance policy; and
(ii) A primary or excess insurer of the vehicle owner may notify an insured that the insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify any person or organization for liability for any loss that occurs during use of the vehicle pursuant to a program;
(b) In order to exclude such coverage, the exclusion allowed in (a)(i) of this subsection and the notification required in (a)(ii) of this subsection are not required for a policy that otherwise does not provide such coverages.
(7) An owner's insurance policy for a private passenger motor vehicle may not be canceled, voided, terminated, rescinded, or nonrenewed solely on the basis that the vehicle has been made available for personal vehicle sharing pursuant to a program that is in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
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