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‘Word on the street’ about Ontario auto electronic pink slips

April 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Only one province in Canada officially accepts electronic proof of auto insurance right now, but industry scuttlebutt suggests police are already accepting them in some quarters, and Ontario will soon be in line to accept the electronic slips. “Word on

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Excluded drivers can still claim accident benefits, court rules

February 5, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Drivers excluded from coverage on their own policies can still claim accident benefits on the policies of other drivers, as long as they weren’t driving the vehicles from which they were excluded coverage, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled

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Canadians show disconnect on distracted driving

December 29, 2017 by David Gambrill

Distracted driving is getting worse, Canadians say, even as the laws are tightening and public education campaigns are in full gear. More than four out of five Canadians (83%) believe texting while driving is a bigger problem today than it

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Court clarifies confusion around “involvement” of unidentified car

December 15, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has rejected a claim for excess coverage against State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, reconciling a jury’s seemingly contradictory answers to questions about the “involvement” of an unidentified driver. Carlota Montepeque was driving two passengers in her

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Resisting auto accident cash settlements in Ontario could escalate disputes: Lawyer

December 12, 2017 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance changes announced last week are “unlikely” to reduce disputes over accident benefits claims, an insurance defence lawyer predicts, but brokers and insurers agree the provincial government is moving in the right direction. Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s Dec.

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Industry response to auto reform: Spotlight on fraud centre

December 5, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Ontario’s move to establish a new Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which would help crack down on auto insurance fraud, is widely — if cautiously — praised as a step in the right direction by the province’s property and casualty industry.

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Ontario targets auto fraud with new prosecutors’ team

December 5, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Auto insurance fraudsters are the target of a team of new and dedicated prosecutors and investigators announced by the Ontario government Wednesday. The province said it plans to set up in the spring of 2018 what it calls the Serious

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Survey asks who should be liable when driverless vehicle hits pedestrian: AIG

October 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than four in five Americans surveyed believe that owners of fully driverless vehicles should have auto insurance and more than a third believe that safety issues will delay or prevent their widespread availability, a survey released Tuesday by American

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Ontario auto rates up 0.76% in Q2: FSCO

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Approved rate increases for auto insurance in Ontario were an average of 0.76% in the second quarter of 2017 for insurers representing slightly more than half the market, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario reported recently. FSCO said that for

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Ontario brokers voice support for provincial commitment to electronic proof of insurance

April 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) has welcomed the provincial government’s budget pledge to give drivers the option of electronic proof of insurance, a move IBAO suggests will help make insurance more affordable for consumers. The advance is part

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Northbridge warns of ‘dangerous mental distractions’ to drivers

July 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The use of hands-free technologies while driving does not eliminate distracted driving risk, Northbridge Insurance suggested Thursday in a blog post. “Many drivers aren’t fully engaged on the road putting their lives and the lives of others at risk,” Toronto-based

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Ontario approves commercial fleet coverage for ride sharing

July 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario government announced Thursday it has approved a regulatory change allowing “commercial fleet insurance to be offered for vehicles that can be hired through an online application.” Ontario auto insurers “can now develop insurance policies for purchase by ride-share