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Toronto officer now allegedly linked to illegal tow truck scheme

June 24, 2020 by Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A Toronto police officer arrested last week in the theft of a police radio has now allegedly been linked to an illegal operation benefiting the tow truck industry. Toronto police said Monday that 11 people, including 47-year-old Const.

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How auto dealership closures affected the industry

June 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry saw a steep drop this past April in the number of auto clients seeking policies for new vehicles, and it’s not clear how long a more recent rebound will last, the head of LowestRates.ca

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Manitoba auto insurance rates to drop 10 per cent, pending regulator approval

June 17, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Manitoba drivers could soon be paying less for their vehicle insurance. Manitoba Public Insurance has applied for an average 10.5 per cent cut in overall rates, which it says would save the typical passenger vehicle owner about $130

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Road tests for certain types of driver licenses set to resume in B.C

June 10, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is resuming on-road testing for commercial licences but drivers waiting for passenger vehicle tests must hold on a little longer. In line with B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, the corporation says commercial road

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Why Ontario auto liability coverage should get cheaper

June 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurers may have a hard time raising rates as much as they were before May 15; a major factor could be a controversial change to the dispute resolution process that took effect four years ago. New loss trend

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Customers not lauding insurers’ relief measures, but they aren’t shopping around either

June 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The majority of Canadian motorists surveyed are not satisfied with the financial relief measures offered by their insurers, a recently-released Leger Marketing poll indicates. “What struck me as interesting was that although 52% said they were not satisfied, 40% [of

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Alberta imposing steep penalties but no charges on first time impaired drivers

June 5, 2020 by Dean Bennett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta has introduced legislation that would add hefty fines and penalties for first-time impaired drivers but would not have them face a criminal charge. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says the proposed change would reduce backlogs in courts and

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How telematics impacts auto insurer’s risk

May 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Auto clients who think they are paying too much should consider telematics, the co-founder of LowestRates.ca suggests. With telematics, or usage-based insurance, the client normally installs an app on their smart phone or hardware into their vehicle diagnostic port, the

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This ‘cardinal sin’ will increase your client’s auto insurance bill

May 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Young male motorists can expect to pay more than women for auto coverage but the decisions your clients make have an even greater bearing on their insurance bill, the co-founder of LowestRates.ca suggests. “The cardinal sin is cancellation for non-payment,”

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Guns, drugs, cash seized in organized crime probe of Toronto area tow truck industry

May 26, 2020 by Liam Casey -THE CANADIAN PRESS

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Four alleged organized criminal organizations that operated as rival tow truck companies involved in a violent battle for territory in the Toronto area have been dismantled, police said Tuesday. York regional police said the alleged crimes involved

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What surprises Intact about recent driving habits

May 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s largest property and casualty carrier observed a 50% drop after the middle of March in the distance driven by its auto clients, but the insurer’s usage-based telematics data suggest driving has started to pick up in recent weeks at

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B.C.’s move to no-fault

April 8, 2020 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

What the province’s changes to auto insurance mean for drivers, brokers, and the legal system