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National Interstate Partners With the Transit & Paratransit Company to Offer Custom Training Course for Transit and Paratransit Operators

RICHFIELD, Ohio, March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Interstate Insurance Company, a leading provider of passenger transportation insurance, announced that it has partnered with the Transit & Paratransit Company (TAPTCO) to offer its customers a comprehensive driver training course.

TAPTCO developed the training program, which includes transit and paratransit operator development courses as well as a trainer certification process, to ensure that drivers are fully prepared to provide the safest and most efficient services. TAPTCO will be offering the course to National Interstate customers at preferred pricing.

Since 2003, National Interstate has marketed insurance for public transit and paratransit operators through its Community & Medical Transportation (CMT) office located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The Company's products are designed specifically for community transportation operations of any size including public transit, paratransit and non-emergency medical transportation.

"We have specialized in community and medical transportation insurance for ten years now, and are always looking for ways to assist operators in enhancing their safety programs," said Jim Parks, Vice President of National Interstate. "The TAPTCO training program is an excellent tool since it focuses on improving driver behavior, which helps reduce accidents and ultimately lower expenses. We are pleased to partner with TAPTCO in making this unique course available to our customers."

"We created the training courses being used at every location of every major contractor in North America," said Jeff Cassell, President of TAPTCO. "They are current, specific to the vehicle being operated, comprehensive, systematic and integrated. If you want the most professional driver to 'do it right, the first time, every time,' then using our training courses will enable you to do this."

For more information, please visit www.taptco.com, or contact:

Jim Parks Jeff Cassell
Vice President, National Interstate President, TAPTCO
800-929-1500 855-963-3900

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.

About TAPTCO

TAPTCO solely focuses on providing current and comprehensive training courses for both Transit & Paratransit operations. These courses focus on changing driver behaviors to avoid all unsafe acts and do reduce accidents by close to 50%. More than 100 Transit & Paratransit agencies are already using these courses.

CONTACT: Tanya Inama National Interstate 877-837-0339 investorrelations@NATL.comSource:National Interstate Insurance Company