Instec Introduces Support for ISO Commercial Auto Optional Class Plan

Instec is integrating ISO’s new Optional Class Plan for commercial auto into its library of bureau content, offering insurers the ability to adopt or evaluate the new plan well ahead of the projected 2019 replacement of ISO’s current manual.

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Instec (Naperville, Ill.) , a provider of software solutions for commercial program insurance and specialty writers, announced that it will integrate the new ISO class plan for commercial auto into its flagship policy system an unprecedented two years ahead of the anticipated required effective date.

Patrick Woods, VP, Actuarial Products and Operations, ISO Insurance Programs and Analytic Services.

Patrick Woods, VP, Actuarial Products and Operations, ISO Insurance Programs and Analytic Services.

Instec explains its rationale for its adoption of the new rates by noting that commercial auto class plans currently used by much of the industry are based on actuarial methods that are over 40 years old. Much has changed in that time, and ISO’s new optional class plan accounts for new uses, types of vehicles, and exposures that have emerged over the past four decades, the vendor says.

The vendor characterizes the new ISO plan as providing much more granularity in a variety of rating variables, including vehicle age, cost, commercial segment, and vehicle purpose. ISO has also added a pricing factor based on the NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) designation, to reflect the variety of vehicle uses across different industries, Instec notes.

“There’s a difference between a 12-year-old truck and one that’s 24,” Patrick Woods, VP, Actuarial Products and Operations, ISO Insurance Programs and Analytic Services. “There’s also a difference between insuring a company with five trucks and one with 200. And it’s those differences, along with the growing and diverse use of vehicles in business, that have informed ISO’s new optional class plan.”

Giving Insurers Time to Assess Impact

Kevin Mason, EVP, Instec.

Kevin Mason, EVP, Instec.

Instec’s support of the new class plan will include all the new rating equations, and changes to statistical coding and input screens to accommodate the new variables ISO is adding. Since ISO is offering the new class plan as optional, Instec will maintain both the current and new plans in its system until the current plan has been permanently replaced.

“We typically release ISO updates to our users 90 to 120 days before the effective date,” comments Kevin Mason, executive VP, Instec. We’re offering this one much sooner because we want to give our clients’ actuarial and pricing teams as much time as possible to assess the impact on their products and their books of business.”

Instec anticipates the changes will be available for evaluation in the summer of this year, and will be included in a new product release sometime in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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