Non-trucking liability (NTL) only provides off-duty protection — which makes having other coverages a necessity. It primarily covers the road accidents and mishaps that may arise from driving your truck for personal affairs. Apart from the standard primary and cargo liability coverages, you will also need physical damage, trailer interchange, underinsured/uninsured motorist, and bobtail insurance coverages.
Understanding the scope and limitation of your NTL coverage helps you decide which policies to keep. Use extra coverage to cover inconsistencies. The idea is to create a chain of interlinking policies that cover situations and incidents that the other policies don’t.
NTL covers accidents arising from the following incidents:
NTL does not cover accidents arising from the following incidents:
Note that some insurance providers can be vague with what non-trucking actually implies. These policies cost less than $50 per month, so they’d want to avoid claims as much as they can.
Luckily, you can compensate for the inconsistencies with other insurance policies. Consult your insurer when deciding on the policies to combine with your NTL coverage. Ask them to explicitly detail their technical definition of non-trucking, as well as the scope and limitation of their typical NTL insurance.
Yes, NTL only provides off-duty protection, so it's necessary to maintain other insurance coverages like primary liability, cargo liability, physical damage, and more.
NTL covers accidents that occur when using the truck for personal affairs, such as driving to rest locations after unloading cargo, transporting personal property during off-duty hours, and authorized repositioning of trucks.
NTL does not cover accidents arising from driving to rest locations after reaching the maximum on-duty hours, driving the truck to and from the repair shop, or bobtailing the truck to the next hauling location.
Do you find yourself on the fence between bobtail and non-trucking liability insurance? Let Assured Standard shed some light on the issue! Check out our piece explaining the differences between these two policies and why they aren’t interchangeable.
Arthur Williamson graduated with a degree in Business and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. He is knowledgeable about what small and big businesses require to keep operations moving.