If This Goes On… Building trust. Driving confidence..?

The April 17, 2014 article Business As Usual at ICBC: How to Have your Cake and Eat it Too made reference to the ICBC application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (“BCUC”) for a 4.9% basic insurance rate increase in August of 2013. At that time, ICBC justified the need for a rate increase by […]

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Harm Reduction: Ends and Means and Shades of Grey

Although it is not a new concept by any means, the term “Harm Reduction” has come into vogue recently, particularly in reference to music festivals. Harm Reduction seeks to keep people safe when engaging in risky or illegal behaviour, usually relating to substance abuse. There have been a number of safety-related incidents occurring at music […]

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Planes Trains and Automobiles: Statistics and You

The media has focused a lot of attention on the number of recent international plane crashes. CTV News for example, has published an article titled “2014 plane crash fatalities already double those of 2013”. Additional reports state that people are nervous in the wake of these tragedies and may be reconsidering their travel plans involving […]

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Slower Traffic Keep Right: Highway Safety and Left Lane Bandits

There is a growing consensus that the BC Government’s pre-occupation with speed limits on our highways is more political than empirical; that is, the focus appears to be more on revenue maximization than safety per se. As already written in the January 9, 2014 article, “Roadside Justice or Injustice”, when speed limits are arbitrary, they […]

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Is it Worth It?

Distracted driving has become an epidemic on our roads and highways. The most recent statistics indicate that more people were killed in British Columbia by distracted driving than by impaired driving. This is a startling statistic that should concern each and every one of us. Under the current law, the penalty is a $167 fine […]

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Business As Usual at ICBC: How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (“ICBC”) has apologized to British Columbia drivers for an “operational error” which overcharged thousands of drivers on optional insurance for an undetermined length of time. Gives you a warm fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it? ICBC CEO and President Mark Blucher has admitted that ICBC actually has no idea how long […]

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Through a Glass Darkly; Taillights and Ghosts

Due to studies showing an increase in safety, the Technical Standards Document No. 108 found in Schedule IV of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations requires mandatory daytime running lights on all new vehicles sold in or imported into Canada. Despite opposition from auto manufacturers based upon increased cost, daytime running lights are now standard issue […]

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Considering Being The Designated Driver This Weekend? Read This First:

A controversial Supreme Court of British Columbia ruling released February 3, 2014, Felix v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 166, has highlighted a glaring legislative drafting error by the BC Government. Due to this apparent oversight, the Court has ruled that designated drivers are not covered by third party insurance. This means that, […]

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Roadside Justice or Injustice

I recall witnessing a vehicle being impounded by the RCMP in the middle of nowhere on one of our highways. It was the Sunday of a long weekend in a no-service cell zone. The driver was apparently the target of B.C.’s excessive speeding law for allegedly driving 40 kms over the limit. Allegedly or not, […]

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