The Government of British Columbia has just announced that they’ll be taking action to make insurance rates fairer for drivers in BC.
The announcement comes after receiving feedback from nearly 35,000 British Columbians.
The government has asked ICBC to implement increases to the Driver Risk Premium (DRP) program, including:
- excessive speeding
- impaired driving
- distracted driving
- minor driving violations
They have also asked for the BC Utilities Commision (BCUC) to be ready to implement these changes as early as fall of 2018.
Once approved, increases will “result in penalty amounts increasing by 20% in the first year, and an additional 20% hike in the next year.” Future increases in premiums will be aligned with any future basic insurance rate changes.
Attorney General David Eby explains that “changes to our auto insurance rating system are long overdue.” Results from the feedback indicate that the majority of British Columbians want changes to make “insurance more affordable for low-risk drivers and see high-risk drivers pay increased insurance premiums to better reflect the risks they represent.”
Public feedback revealed that 82.3% of British Columbians are in favour of having risky drivers pay more. Other desired changes include:
- The option to pay back claims (customers can repay vehicle damage claims and not have their premiums affected)
- To use a driver-based system, rather than a vehicle owner system
- Have driving convictions play an even greater role in insurance premiums.
Eby comments that the feedback is being used to “inform additional changes in the coming months to help make rates more fair for drivers” and that the government is “moving quickly to implement changes for dangerous driving.”