Canadian Underwriter

Uninsured Vehicles Project faces delays

April 19, 2002   by Canadian Underwriter

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An initiative by the Ontario government and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) to get uninsured vehicles off the road has been delayed by a few roadblocks, the IBC says. Most notably, the change in leadership of the Conservative government, and the strike by Ontario’s public employees, have put the project on the backburner.
Nonetheless, the IBC is encouraging members to prepare for the project’s implementation after it is put through in legislation. Through the program, the provincial Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will electronically confirm the coverage of private passenger vehicles at the time of license plate renewal. This will be done using information stored by the IBC.
The IBC recently completed its second beta test of Critical Coverage Reporting (CCR), with 500 users, including brokers, agents and insurers, sending time-sensitive changes to mandatory insurance coverage to the IBC.
The IBC plans to continue pursuing the formalization of the project through legislation with new Ontario Transportation Minister Norman Sterling and will provide a revised rollout schedule at a later date.

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