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Educating the Public About Distracted Driving: Dos and Don’ts

January 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Public education strategies must supplement tougher laws if insurers wish to curb the number of claims arising from distracted driving, says the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). Despite increasing fines and penalties for distracted driving, nearly one in four fatal

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Pot law renews industry call for drug testing of commercial drivers

January 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government’s push to legalize recreational marijuana is raising concerns within the insurance industry about commercial auto safety and eliciting calls for random drug testing among commercial drivers. Once marijuana is legal, this will “have an impact on the

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Autonomous trucks moving quickly to commercial reality despite job threat

January 2, 2018 Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Once thought of as a distant fantasy, autonomous trucks are moving towards commercial reality on Canadian highways as companies look to boost productivity amid a driver shortage and governments seek to reduce deadly crashes. They are not yet

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Why U.S. brokerage made its first Canadian P&C acquisition

December 20, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Dalton Timmis Insurance Group’s technological capabilities and its “unique abilities” in motorcycle and transportation insurance were among the factors that made it an ideal acquisition target for U.S. brokerage NFP Corp., the president of NFP in Canada said Wednesday. Marty

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Google’s Waymo rolls out autonomous vans without human drivers

November 8, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat. The move by Waymo started

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Claims costs in oil and gas industry increasing despite downturn: forum speaker

November 2, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry, claims costs are increasing, a speaker said on Thursday at the Canadian Risk and Insurance Education Forum. “I would suggest that in the upstream oil and gas industry – where most

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BHSI introduces motor truck cargo legal liability insurance in Canada

October 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) said on Wednesday that it has expanded into inland marine product line in Canada with the launch of its motor truck cargo legal liability policy. The product protects against the legal liability exposure commercial truckers

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CAA calls for provincial regulation of towing industry amid continued consumer complaints

October 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The south central Ontario branch of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is calling for provincial regulation of the towing industry following what it says are “continued instances of harrowing stories from motorists involving unscrupulous tow truck drivers on Ontario roads.”

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B.C. strengthens spill response regulations

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Transporters of liquid petroleum products in British Columbia now will need to have provincial plans in place to manage a spill, the province’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced on Friday. The new regulations requiring spill preparedness apply

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Transport Canada issues final rule on electronic stability control for heavy trucks

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is applauding Transport Canada’s amendments related to the introduction of electronic stability control (ESC) on commercial vehicles. The CTA said in a press release on Wednesday that the objective of the rule, published earlier this

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CN to spend $500 million on technology with eye on driverless truck threat

June 14, 2017 Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway says it will spend $500 million over the next five years on technology to improve its safety, efficiency and competitive edge, partly in response to the potential threat posed by driverless trucks. CEO Luc Jobin

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Non-standard auto insurer Echelon completes sale of European operations

March 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday it has completed the sale of its European operations, which provide non-standard auto through Danish insurer Qudos Insurance A/S. At current exchange rates, Mississauga, Ont.-based Echelon will receive about $5.1 million on closing “and