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    ICBC sets fee at $25 to insure additional drivers





    VANCOUVER (CBC) - B.C. drivers will be required to pay an extra $25 on their car insurance beginning May 1, if their family members other than the registered owner also drive the vehicle.

    The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) said it's introducing the new fee because 22 per cent of its claims involve drivers who are not the registered owner or principal operator.

    "If you have one vehicle in the household that a number of people share, even one other person who shares, if that person has less experience than you or a worse driving record, then yes, there will be an additional $25 premium," ICBC spokesman Doug McClelland said Tuesday.

    ICBC calls the new surcharge the "other operator premium," which is a flat fee regardless of the number of drivers sharing the vehicle in the household.

    Opposition New Democrats MLA Harry Lali calls the new fee a "cash grab."

    "It's unnecessary. It's basically ICBC using ... the government using ICBC as a cash cow to get money out of the pockets of people," Lali said Tuesday.

    ICBC estimates that the new premium will affect between 10 to 20 per cent of the three million insured drivers in B.C.

    The new fee will add about $7 million to $14 million in new revenue for ICBC, which the Crown corporation said will help safe drivers.

    "This, like all changes we make in the rates we set, they're meant to be revenue neutral," McClelland said. "Any additional revenue we bring in for this will be directly translated into savings for customers who are not affected."

    But Lali disagreed.

    "No matter how ICBC or the Liberals try to package this as being revenue neutral, it is nothing but a shameless tax grab - that's all it is."


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    "The new fee will add about $7 million to $14 million in new revenue for ICBC, which the Crown corporation said will help safe drivers."

    it'll "help safe drivers" ?? wtf? riiiiight.

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    ridiculous,

    so say someone else only drives my vehicle say 2 or 3 times a year max on those rare drunken occasions getting home safe, does that mean i have to pay this fee to make sure I would be insured in that scenario?
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    Damn,
    Do I put Rudolph as an additional driver since I take Operation Red nose during the holidays and I really don't know who will be driving my truck when I'm shit faced.

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    Hmmmm, I think it's probably more for members of the household. I would think that occasional drivers would be still covered without a fee.
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    It states that: if their family members other than the registered owner also drive the vehicle.
    So if your friend drives you drunk once in a year this does not seem to apply with the wording above.
    This is more like a dad or mom insure a car under their name and let kids drive it to save on insurance premium.

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    Did we need *two* posts on this?

    http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=95974

    They're levying a fee on people who are helping those with bad driving histories register their vehicle under someone else's name to get the better discounts.

    The solution is to tie discounts to the principal operator of the vehicle, not the owner. Does anyone know why they can't do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    The solution is to tie discounts to the principal operator of the vehicle, not the owner. Does anyone know why they can't do that?
    This is a government run monopoly we're talking about

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    yeah, i just realized this is a dup. didnt read the other topic, close it if u want

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