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Where provincial drivers crashed an average of 960 times a day

July 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

Vehicle crashes in British Columbia hit an all-time high of 350,000 in 2017, the province’s public insurer reported this week. This equates to about 960 crashes a day – a 25% increase from 2014. “That means one out of 10

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What happens when your mechanic gives you insurance advice

June 29, 2018 by David Gambrill

After following up on their mechanic’s suggestion to file a retroactive insurance claim, a B.C. couple is now on the hook for an $800.75 repair job to their 2010 Toyota Prius. Blenda and Raymond Pilon made an auto insurance claim

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How much ICBC expects to save by using new anti-fraud software

May 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) expects to save $43 million this fiscal year and another $59 million the following fiscal year by using specialized anti-fraud software that the public insurer implemented in 2017. “And that’s on top of

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This percentage of consumers believe auto insurance fraud is an “accepted practice”

May 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Nearly half of customers polled for an Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) survey believed that committing auto insurance fraud is an “accepted practice” in B.C., with most saying that claims contain an “element” of fraud. The survey of 1,373

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B.C. projects big savings from new minor injury cap

April 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is congratulating British Columbia’s proposed legislative changes that would introduce a minor injury cap of $5,500 in the province, a move aimed at reversing the public auto insurer’s skyrocketing legal and administrative costs. The

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Two factors that may be contributing to ICBC’s poor fiscal performance

April 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

The combination of an unfriendly environment and “misguided provincial government policies” have contributed to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) dismal financial performance, the Fraser Institute said in a new report. The report, titled The Decline and Fall of

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No push from brokers to end B.C. government monopoly on auto insurance

March 7, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Despite the fact that British Columbia’s government monopoly auto insurer lost almost $1 billion in the first nine months of last year alone, brokers in the province are not seeing a push from motorists to open the market to competition.

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ICBC to remodel system to reward low-risk drivers

March 6, 2018 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Major shifts in direction are being considered to ensure good drivers in British Columbia receive lower insurance rates, says the minister responsible for the province’s public auto insurer. David Eby said the government introduced an online survey Monday

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How ICBC can cut auto injury claims costs by more than $20 million

February 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s government monopoly auto insurer could save up to $27 million a year on claims costs and reduce the risk of legal disputes by taking on a “larger role” in designing plans to treat auto collision injuries, PriceWaterhouse Coopers

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Look for ICBC to ‘behave more like a private sector company’: IBC

February 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With its cap on minor injury awards announced Tuesday, British Columbia’s government monopoly auto insurer is moving towards a model used by other provinces that have private auto insurance systems, Insurance Bureau of Canada says. Awards for pain and suffering

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B.C. to introduce auto insurance pay out limits next year

February 6, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government will implement a $5,500 cap on pain and suffering for pay-outs to vehicle accident victims in a move to save $1 billion a year for the province’s public auto insurer. Attorney General David Eby

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Cap on minor injury auto awards could be coming to B.C.

February 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s government is considering caps on awards, in auto insurance personal injury lawsuits, for pain and suffering for minor injuries, the province’s attorney general told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. With a cap on minor injury claims, Insurance Corporation of B.C.