Claims Services

Claims 48 hours

HCV endeavours to authorise repairs in respect of own damage claims, on receipt of all documents within 48 hours. This means policyholders get their trucks back on the road sooner than ever. Less downtime means more earnings for policyholders. Policyholders or their brokers should get relevant documents to HCV as soon as possible to ensure that their claim isn't late for 48 approval.

Understanding the HCV claims process

Claims Walkthrough

This provides all the details of how claims are authorised by the HCV claims team. The better policyholders understand the claims process, the better they can work with HCV and their broker to speed the claim.

Broker Agency Application Form Broker Agency Application Form (71 KB)

Claims-walkthrough Claims-walkthrough (628 KB)

HCV load plus care Claim Form HCV load plus care Claim Form (45 KB)

HCV Motor Claim Form HCV Motor Claim Form (44 KB)

HCV Proposal HCV Proposal (78 KB)

Role of the broker in a claim

HCV understands and appreciates the value brokers add to truckers in supporting them when a claim occurs. By working together, the policyholder, broker and HCV can more effectively process a claim from beginning to end, to everyone's advantage.

How brokers can help

  • Follow HCV's claims procedure
  • Offer advice on what to do during a claim
  • Assist with getting all the necessary documentation
  • Report claims to HCV immediately, but not later than within 30 days
  • Keep your policyholder updated on their claims status

It is important that policyholders understand brokers have no authority to accept claims, or authorise payments on HCV's behalf.

The following documents are required for all claims:

  1. Claim form fully completed
  2. Photographs of the damaged areas of the vehicle
  3. Police case number
  4. Repair quotation
  5. Driver's licence, one legible and clear copy
  6. Professional Drivers Permit (PrDP), one legible and clear copy
  7. Certificate of Fitness (CoF) and Operators Card, one copy
  8. Driver's accident statement
  9. Fleet management copy, for example the movement report (if applicable)

Photographs

Remember to provide photographs of the damaged areas of the vehicle. This will expedite the claim processing.

HCV windscreen claims

The last windscreen replacement circular (June 2010) was intended to motivate clients to use original equipment manufacturers (OEM) parts and have them fitted by either PG Glass or Glasfit.

Many of our clients have complied with this request, however, we are still experiencing exorbitantly high volumes of windscreen claims being processed by other glass service providers.

In order to keep our premiums as low as possible, we have implemented a new windscreen claims process.

HCV will waive the excess if the prices are in line with the (OEM) part price/s. If the policyholder purchases the OEM windscreen and has it fitted by an OEM approved supplier, HCV will authorise the fitment, reimburse the policyholder the cost of the windscreen and also waive the excess.

Please note that if a policyholder wishes to replace a windscreen through any other windscreen provider, the policyholder will be responsible for settling the account in full. They can then submit the invoice, completed claim form and proof of payment to HCV. Once HCV has received these documents we will reimburse the policyholder for the amount the OEM invoice would have been plus the fitting cost, less the applicable excess.

Here is a step by step process to windscreen claims:

Step 1

Contact an OEM approved supplier, provide vehicle details and policy number. Alternatively, policyholder can purchase replacement windscreen from OEM and call HCV for authorisation to have windscreen fitted by an OEM approved supplier.

Step 2

An OEM approved supplier request authorisation from HCV.

Step 3

HCV verifies whether price quoted by OEM approved suppliers in line with OEM (vehicle manufacturer agent) part price.

Step 4

If price is in line with OEM (vehicle manufacturer agent) part price, HCV authorises the fitment and waives the windscreen excess.

Step 5

If price is not in line with OEM (vehicle manufacturer agent) part price, HCV authorises replacement subject to windscreen excess being paid by the policyholder.

Step 6

If the policyholder has purchased OEM (vehicle manufacturer agent) part, HCV authorises an OEM approved supplier to replace the windscreen and waives the excess. HCV reimburses the policyholder for the full windscreen cost and will pay OEM approved supplier for the fitment.

Important for windscreen claims

There has been some confusion regarding HCV's windscreen claims policy. Please take careful note of the following.

If the windscreen has been replaced by the supplier they must prove that the windscreen price charged is the same as the OEM windscreen price in order for HCV to waive the excess for that particular windscreen replacement.

Third Party Excess Notice

Following significant consideration, HCV, on behalf of RMB Structured Insurance Ltd has elected to introduce a compulsory R5 000 excess in respect of all third party liability claims. This excess will apply across the board to new and existing policies in respect of all incidents that occur on or after the 1st of November 2011.

The decision was based on a number of reasons. Included amongst these are the need for collaborative efforts to further improve driver behavior specifically in relation to the rights of other road users; harness additional support from both brokers and clients in our dealings with third parties; and improve the ratio of approximately 90% of all collisions involving third parties from being deemed to be attributable to the fault of our insured drivers.

This minimal penalty is accordingly intended to play a deterrent role against reckless and negligent driving conduct.

We are confident that you will appreciate the necessity of this measure and that you will support us in communicating this endorsement to all policyholders. Your assistance in this regard is sincerely appreciated.

We remain committed to you and to our valued clients.