Definitions - Section 5
- Business Auto Coverage Form

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Definitions - Section 5 - Business Auto Coverage Form

Definitions - Section 5 - Business Auto Coverage Form

The ISO Definitions - Section 5 - Business Auto Coverage Form is a part of the Business Auto Coverage Form. If you have a commercial auto policy, you should at least have a basic understand of what, where and who is covered & what, where and who is excluded and other important language in the Definitions - Section 5 - Business Auto Coverage Form. The section starts below here:


Various provisions in this policy restrict coverage. Read the entire policy carefully to determine rights, duties and what is and is not covered.

Throughout this policy the words "you" and "your" refer to the Named Insured shown in the Declarations. The words "we", "us" and "our" refer to the company providing this insurance.

Other words and phrases that appear in quotation marks have special meaning. Refer to Section V - Definitions.

SECTION V - DEFINITIONS

A. "Accident" includes continuous or repeated exposure to the same conditions resulting in "bodily injury" or "property damage".

B. "Auto" means:

  1. A land motor vehicle, "trailer" or semitrailer designed for travel on public roads; or
  2. Any other land vehicle that is subject to a compulsory or financial responsibility law or other motor vehicle insurance law where it is licensed or principally garaged. However, "auto" does not include "mobile equipment".

C. "Bodily injury" means bodily injury, sickness or disease sustained by a person, including death resulting from any of these.

D. "Covered pollution cost or expense" means any cost or expense arising out of:

  1. Any request, demand, order or statutory or regulatory requirement that any "insured" or others test for, monitor, clean up, remove, contain, treat, detoxify or neutralize, or in any way respond to, or assess the effects of, "pollutants"; or
  2. Any claim or "suit" by or on behalf of a governmental authority for damages because of testing for, monitoring, cleaning up, removing, containing, treating, detoxifying or neutralizing, or in any way responding to, or assessing the effects of, "pollutants".

"Covered pollution cost or expense" does not include any cost or expense arising out of the actual, alleged or threatened discharge, dispersal, seepage, migration, release or escape of "pollutants":

Paragraph a. above does not apply to fuels, lubricants, fluids, exhaust gases or other similar "pollutants" that are needed for or result from the normal electrical, hydraulic or mechanical functioning of the covered "auto" or its parts, if:

  1. The "pollutants" escape, seep, migrate or are discharged, dispersed or released directly from an "auto" part designed by its manufacturer to hold, store, receive or dispose of such "pollutants"; and
  2. The "bodily injury", "property damage" or "covered pollution cost or expense" does not arise out of the operation of any equipment listed in Paragraph 6.b. or 6.c. of the definition of "mobile equipment".

Paragraphs b. and c. above do not apply to "accidents" that occur away from premises owned by or rented to an "insured" with respect to "pollutants" not in or upon a covered "auto" if:

E. "Diminution in value" means the actual or perceived loss in market value or resale value which results from a direct and accidental "loss".

F. "Employee" includes a "leased worker". "Employee" does not include a "temporary worker".

G. "Insured" means any person or organization qualifying as an insured in the Who Is An Insured provision of the applicable coverage. Except with respect to the Limit of Insurance, the coverage afforded applies separately to each insured who is seeking coverage or against whom a claim or "suit" is brought.

H. "Insured contract" means:

  1. A lease of premises;
  2. A sidetrack agreement;
  3. Any easement or license agreement, except in connection with construction or demolition operations on or within 50 feet of a railroad;
  4. An obligation, as required by ordinance, to indemnify a municipality, except in connection with work for a municipality;
  5. That part of any other contract or agreement pertaining to your business (including an indemnification of a municipality in connection with work performed for a municipality) under which you assume the tort liability of another to pay for "bodily injury" or "property damage" to a third party or organization. Tort liability means a liability that would be imposed by law in the absence of any contract or agreement; or
  6. That part of any contract or agreement entered into, as part of your business, pertaining to the rental or lease, by you or any of your "employees", of any "auto". However, such contract or agreement shall not be considered an "insured contract" to the extent that it obligates you or any of your "employees" to pay for "property damage" to any "auto" rented or leased by you or any of your "employees".

An "insured contract" does not include that part of any contract or agreement:

I. "Leased worker" means a person leased to you by a labor leasing firm under an agreement between you and the labor leasing firm to perform duties related to the conduct of your business. "Leased worker" does not include a "temporary worker".

J. "Loss" means direct and accidental loss or damage.

K. "Mobile equipment" means any of the following types of land vehicles, including any attached machinery or equipment:

  1. Bulldozers, farm machinery, forklifts and other vehicles designed for use principally off public roads;
  2. Vehicles maintained for use solely on or next to premises you own or rent;
  3. Vehicles that travel on crawler treads;
  4. Vehicles, whether self-propelled or not, maintained primarily to provide mobility to permanently mounted:
    • a. Power cranes, shovels, loaders, diggers or drills; or
    • b. Road construction or resurfacing equipment such as graders, scrapers or rollers;
  5. Vehicles not described in Paragraph 1., 2., 3. or 4. above that are not self-propelled and are maintained primarily to provide mobility to permanently attached equipment of the following types:
    • a. Air compressors, pumps and generators, including spraying, welding, building cleaning, geophysical exploration, lighting and well-servicing equipment; or
    • b. Cherry pickers and similar devices used to raise or lower workers; or
  6. Vehicles not described in Paragraph 1., 2., 3. or 4. above maintained primarily for purposes other than the transportation of persons or cargo. However, self-propelled vehicles with the following types of permanently attached equipment are not "mobile equipment" but will be considered "autos":
    • a. Equipment designed primarily for:
      1. Snow removal;
      2. Road maintenance, but not construction or resurfacing; or
      3. Street cleaning;
    • b. Cherry pickers and similar devices mounted on automobile or truck chassis and used to raise or lower workers; and
    • c. Air compressors, pumps and generators, including spraying, welding, building cleaning, geophysical exploration, lighting or well-servicing equipment.

However, "mobile equipment" does not include land vehicles that are subject to a compulsory or financial responsibility law or other motor vehicle insurance law where it is licensed or principally garaged. Land vehicles subject to a compulsory or financial responsibility law or other motor vehicle insurance law are considered "autos".

L. "Pollutants" means any solid, liquid, gaseous or thermal irritant or contaminant, including smoke, vapor, soot, fumes, acids, alkalis, chemicals and waste. Waste includes materials to be recycled, reconditioned or reclaimed.

M. "Property damage" means damage to or loss of use of tangible property.

N. "Suit" means a civil proceeding in which:

  1. Damages because of "bodily injury" or "property damage"; or
  2. A "covered pollution cost or expense"; to which this insurance applies, are alleged. "Suit" includes:
    • a. An arbitration proceeding in which such damages or "covered pollution costs or expenses" are claimed and to which the "insured" must submit or does submit with our consent; or
    • Any other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in which such damages or "covered pollution costs or expenses" are claimed and to which the insured submits with our consent.

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Definitions - Section 5 - Business Auto Coverage Form - The Bottom Line

We hope this article on the Definitions - Section 5 - Business Auto Coverage Form has been informative. Because ISO forms are used by many insurance companies, a lot of the language they contain has already been by interpreted by the courts. Meanings have been established for specific words and phrases which can make claim settlements and litigation easier.

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