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National Interstate Expands Its Community & Medical Transportation Insurance Program to Include Best-In-Class Fleet Taxi Operations

RICHFIELD, Ohio, April 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Interstate Insurance Company announced that effective April 2, 2012 it has expanded its Community & Medical Transportation (CMT) insurance program to include best-in-class fleet taxi operations. The product will be offered exclusively through National Interstate's network of qualified independent retail brokers.

Originally launched in 2003, the CMT program focuses on providing specialized insurance solutions to local community passenger transportation companies including paratransit, non-emergency medical transportation, as well as fixed-route and demand-response public transit providers. The CMT product is underwritten and serviced through National Interstate's Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania office by an in-house staff with nearly 50 years of collective CMT experience. 

"Best-in-class fleet taxi operations are a natural fit for our CMT program, and we are excited to expand into this highly-specialized market," said Jim Parks, Vice President of National Interstate. "This expansion also brings our brokers an excellent opportunity to grow their business with us. Our CMT staff is dedicated to providing innovative insurance products and underwriting expertise to all of our customers and brokers.  We are committed to the community and medical transportation industry, and look forward to serving the taxi market as a part of our unique customer base."

National Interstate is also an active member of the Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA), and will be attending their Spring Conference being held in New Orleans, LA on May 6-9, 2012, as well as exhibiting at the Annual Convention and Tradeshow in October. 

For more information, interested taxi cab companies and brokers may contact Matt Andrews, CMT's General Manager, at matt.andrews@natl.com, or 800-931-7080.

About National Interstate

National Interstate Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Interstate Corporation, is a specialty property and casualty insurance company with a niche orientation and focus on the transportation industry. We differentiate ourselves by offering insurance products and services designed to meet the unique needs of targeted insurance buyers. Products include insurance for passenger, moving and storage, and truck transportation companies, alternative risk transfer, or captive insurance programs for commercial risks, specialty personal lines consisting of insurance products focused primarily on recreational vehicle owners and small commercial vehicle accounts, and transportation and general commercial insurance in Hawaii and Alaska. National Interstate and its insurance subsidiaries, which include Vanliner Insurance Company and Triumphe Casualty Company, are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Founded in 1989, we are headquartered in Richfield, Ohio with operations in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Fenton, Missouri.

CONTACT: Tanya Inama
         National Interstate
         877-837-0339
         investorrelations@natl.com
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