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A province’s second effort to limit auto trial experts is enacted into law

July 13, 2020 by David Gambrill

Stymied by a B.C. Supreme Court ruling last year in Crowder v. British Columbia (Attorney General), B.C.’s attorney general is attempting once again to change court rules to limit expert evidence in vehicle court actions – a move that is

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Auto insurers, province dispute whether B.C.’s Bill 11 limits competition

July 9, 2020 by David Gambrill

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has published an open letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan, outlining concerns that the province’s Bill 11 may “stifle the limited competition that currently exists in BC’s optional auto insurance market,” a claim

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How an insurer in an “underinsured” auto case reduced its exposure by more than $452K

July 7, 2020 by David Gambrill

An Ontario auto insurer in an underinsured accident case is entitled to make a subrogated claim against a third party – in this case, a bartender who was found 11% responsible for a fatal car crash — even though its

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How insurance company websites just beat out brokers in a U.S. consumer satisfaction study

June 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

For the first time in two decades, insurance company websites in the United States have become a more popular place for consumers to buy their auto insurance than through the broker channel, a U.S. auto insurance consumer satisfaction study has

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Carrier exec calls for BMS vendors to move away from developing third-party rating tools

May 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Broker management system (BMS) tech vendors need to move away from spending time, effort and money on developing third-party rating tools used for comparison quoting, an insurance company executive said at a recent webinar on broker-carrier connectivity. Instead, they should

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Quebec broker offers his take on one major advantage of the province’s auto insurance model

March 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

While Quebec’s auto insurance model offers low bodily injury compensation amounts, it also limits the amount of fraud in the system, a Quebec broker told Canadian Underwriter Monday. In Quebec, the government’s Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) pays

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One way ICBC will reduce legal costs

February 26, 2020 by Jason Contant

The government of British Columbia has introduced legislative amendments in an effort to reduce costs and speed up motor vehicle claims in the current auto insurance system. The proposed amendments will limit the number of experts and expert reports that

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Intact CEO forecasts how high industry auto rates may increase in 2020

February 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

Intact projects that Canada’s property and casualty industry will be asking for average auto insurance rate increases on the order of 7% over the upcoming 12 months. Intact itself is expected to ask for more auto rate during the next

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Battle rages over whether private or public auto insurance is cheaper

January 30, 2020 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia (IBABC) disputes the conclusions published in a recent report that B.C. drivers are paying up to 42% more for their auto insurance than those in neighbouring Alberta. Such an “apples-to-apples” comparison between jurisdictions

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How much did auto insurance rates go up in Alberta last quarter?

January 13, 2020 by Jason Contant

Alberta’s Automobile Insurance Rate Board (AIRB) has approved rate increases for more than 20 insurers in Q4 2019, ranging from less than 1% to nearly 30% for basic coverage for private passenger vehicles. The rate hike was about 10% on

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New auto insurance policy launched for borrowed vehicles

October 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Quebec’s financial regulator and an auto insurance group have announced the launch of a new auto policy designed for drivers who don’t own a vehicle. Regulator Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) and Groupement des assureurs automobiles (GAA) said Monday the

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What the industry can do to get out of the hard market cycle

August 30, 2019 by Adam Malik

Although regulation is one significant factor in the current hardening market conditions, that doesn’t mean the insurance industry should cry “woe is me” and wait for things to get better on their own. Instead, a pro-active approach is needed, experts