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ICBC reports 124 claims and $500,000 in costs from wildfires to date

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reported on Wednesday that it has received 124 claims to date, at a cost of $500,000, from the wildfires burning in the province. Most vehicle damage claims were related to extreme heat and smoke damage, with some vehicles even rendered as total losses, ICBC reported in a press release.
Recognizing that it is experiencing the “worst wildfire season in the province’s history,” ICBC added that it has made formal changes to its policies to reflect “these special circumstances for customers on evacuation…

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More vehicle crashes, increased injury payouts and higher vehicle repair costs contributing to proposed rate hike: ICBC

August 15, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

A greater number of vehicle crashes, increased injury costs and higher vehicle repair costs are all contributing to the increase in proposed insurance rates for drivers in British Columbia, the province’s Crown corporation responsible for auto insurance said on Monday.

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Intact CEO hopes B.C. is ‘starting to think about introducing more competition’ in auto insurance

August 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nine days after Insurance Corporation of British Columbia released a report it commissioned to Ernst & Young LLP on reforming auto insurance, the chief executive officer of Intact Financial Corp. suggested it is “better to have a competitive marketplace” in

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EY report on reforming B.C. auto points to impending restrictions in Australia on auto accident benefits for minor injuries

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A report released April 11 by the Ontario finance ministry “contains many useful learnings” for British Columbia’s government-run auto insurer, Ernst & Young LLP suggested in a report released July 24. In Affordable and Effective Auto Insurance – a New

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Alternate dispute resolution, tripling accident benefits among potential solutions for B.C. auto insurance: EY

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The process of suing for compensation for motor vehicle accidents “could be made far more efficient” in British Columbia, whose monopoly auto insurer’s basic accident benefits are “low compared to modern medical and rehabilitation costs” in care-based auto insurance schemes

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ICBC examines anti-distracted driving technology

April 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has posted a Request for Information (RFI) on BC Bid for market research and technology aimed at reducing distracted driving. The posting of the RFI, as part of ICBC and the government of

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ICBC enhances online driver licensing and claims services for customers

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Checking wait times at driver licensing offices or the status of a claim from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) can now be done online thanks to new service enhancements. ICBC said in a press release on Wednesday that

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Ridesharing anticipated in B.C. by “end of 2017,” province unveils measures to help taxi industry modernize

March 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of British Columbia announced on Tuesday a series of improvements for the taxi industry in anticipation of “ride-sharing services coming to British Columbia by the holiday season at the end of 2017,” including improving certain insurance products, potentially

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ICBC, B.C. government and police unite for enforcement crackdown on distracted driving

March 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the provincial government and police across B.C. are joining forces in March to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. “Despite tougher penalties and increased education, distracted driving still contributes

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ICBC seeks fairness with basic insurance rate discounts

March 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is looking to reduce pressure on customers who do not cause crashes and increase the accountability of at-fault drivers with proposed changes to basic insurance. “We believe that drivers who cause crashes should

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ICBC launches education campaign on insurance fraud

February 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced on Monday that it has launched an education campaign aimed at helping to prevent insurance fraud. ICBC said in a statement that while most claims are honest, insurance industry studies estimate that

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ICBC board finalizes terms of reference for independent review of insurance rates

January 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Board of Directors (BoD) has finalized the terms of reference for an independent review of the fairness and affordability of basic insurance rates in the province, with the idea being to limit future