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Legislature defeats bill quashing territorial ratings in Toronto area

November 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If you have clients living in Brampton or near the intersection of Jane St. and Finch Ave., they will probably continue paying more for auto insurance than if they lived elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area. A bill proposing to

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Raise auto accident benefits: Ontario politician

October 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The cuts to mandatory auto accident benefits made in 2010 and 2016 need a second look, says Ontario’s opposition auto insurance critic. “It’s something we need to re-examine,” Gurratan Singh, the New Democratic Party’s auto insurance critic, said Wednesday in

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Why this 1996 auto accident benefits claim has not been resolved

October 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An accident benefits claimant who a designated assessment centre concluded 22 years ago was not disabled still has a chance to claim income replacement benefits, Ontario’s Divisional Court has ruled. Dharam Sidhu was involved in a traffic accident in 1996. He

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Motor vehicles that might lack adequate insurance

October 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Home insurance clients might lack sufficient insurance if they own golf carts or all-terrain vehicles, an insurance lawyer warns. “Someone might be driving a golf cart that they own privately, in a gated community, and they might not have any

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Regulation suppressing required auto insurance rate increases

September 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Some Canadian auto insurers would hike rates even further if provincial bureaucrats would let them, a New Jersey-based analyst said Wednesday at A.M. Best’s 2018 Insurance Market Briefing-Canada in Toronto. In a recent report, A.M. Best Company Inc. warned of

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Ontario auto insurer’s examiner gets day in court

September 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Last week’s court ruling against a prominent personal injury lawyer could give Ontario auto insurers’ medical examiners recourse if those doctors feel their conduct has been publicly maligned. Dr. Howard Platnick is a Toronto physician who does medical examinations for

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Insurer CEO to personally visit FSCO asking for higher rates

August 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The newly-elected Ontario government should let carriers change their rates without approval from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the president of a mutual that writes auto contends. It “makes sense” to require insurers to file rates with FSCO “but

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Are consumers warming to telematics?

August 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

A new survey for belairdirect has found more than half (53%) of polled Canadians would use an app that tracks their driving habits if it meant having a more personalized auto insurance rating. The finding contrasts recent industry comments and

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When parents give their kids permission to drive: the limit to ‘implied consent’

August 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario auto insurer went too far in arguing that a motorist gave her son – whose license was suspended – implied permission to drive her vehicle because she left the keys on a hook while she was out of

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Tow referral fee rules ‘hard to monitor and enforce,’ insurer warns

August 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurance providers should remind motorists that in the event of an accident, it is usually the driver – not the tow truck operator – who decides where the car gets towed. Motorists often don’t know what rights they have

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Auto fraud getting worse, insurer says

August 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPI) is reporting an increase in auto insurance fraud, including false claims for income replacement benefits. “Disturbingly, the corporation’s special investigation unit is seeing an increase in fraudulent activity,” the province’s public auto insurer reported Friday.

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Tories pledge to work with industry to lower Ontario auto rates

August 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s new finance minister is promising to work with industry to reduce auto insurance rates, but does not want the as-yet-unspecified plan to be a mere “photo opportunity.” Rates have increased for three consecutive quarters, despite several measures over the