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Traffic utilizes a time-tested experience rated formula in calculating a member’s premium for each year. It is primarily based on a member’s individual loss history. The following is a brief outline:

Premium Development

To develop a member premium, each member’s previous five-year loss history is collected and the data is then trended and developed by Traffic's actuarial service provider. They then produce what they believe a member’s predictable losses will be, plus what should be allocated for shock losses above $100,000. Operating costs for the program such as excess reinsurance, policy issuance, claims service, brokerage, administration, etc. are calculated for each member. Finally, a member’s loss fund and operating costs are added together, producing its premium for each year. The intent of the Traffic premium calculation formula is that each member pays a premium to fund for its ultimate losses while allowing for risk sharing and risk shifting amongst the entire membership for shock losses. Because each member is expected to pay their own losses, up to a reasonable level, a member can be billed additional premium up to a predetermined amount should their losses exceed expected levels.

Membership Criteria

Because each member of Traffic is an owner, the following criteria has been established to ensure the quality of membership and long-term strength of the company:

  1. Management Commitment to Safety
  2. Financially Strong Company
  3. Loss Experience Better than Average for Industry Group
  4. Regular Attendance and Participation in Board Meetings and Risk Control Workshops
  5. Business Philosophy Compatible with Traffic
  6. Recommend Other Quality Companies to Traffic
  7. One Time Cash Capitalization of $36,000