TORONTO _ Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada is asking the Ontario government to review an apparent problem with its new licence plates that makes them difficult to read in low light.
MADD Canada says in a statement that night-time visibility issues being reported by police and the public are a very serious concern.
The organization says it’s crucial for people to see the plates clearly in order to report drunk or dangerous drivers.
The problem was first raised over the weekend when an off-duty Kingston police officer posted a picture of an unreadable plate in a well-lit parking lot at night.
Consumer Services Minister Lisa Thompson says the plates were tested rigorously before their release earlier this month and passed those evaluations.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said today he hasn’t heard about any issues of the new plates not working with traffic cameras, but the city will follow up with the province if problems arise.
Peel Mutual Insurance looks to drive customer centric experience with Hi Marley’s AI-based texting platform built specifically for insurance.
BOSTON, Feb. 18, 2020 /CNW/ — Peel Mutual, one of the largest members of the Ontario Mutuals, is also committed to being the best mutual insurer in Ontario. As a forward-thinking organization that continually looks to innovative, Peel Mutual has launched Hi Marley to continue to deliver an outstanding customer experience built on trust.
Peel Mutual is leveraging Hi Marley to assist in their auto, home and business claims teams. Their aim to be the first insurance carrier offering Hi Marley in Canada is differentiating them by committing dedication to their insureds. They seek to provide a seamless and simple texting solution for their policyholders and offer modern day technology advancements for their claims adjusters.
Irene Bianchi, CEO for Peel Mutual, says, “We are so excited to start the new year off with a better communication commitment to our policyholders. We strive to leverage cutting edge technology in a simple way that today’s customers just expect.”
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The Hi Marley platform addresses a significant industry issue of phone tag by connecting carriers and customers through two-way texting. They can communicate and exchange pictures and document, while the insurance-specific AI enables the process. Carriers can start with zero IT effort, delight customers with exceptional service and resolve claims faster. After successful results with US insurers, Hi Marley is now available in Canada.
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About Peel Mutual Insurance
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When I was posted in the Okanagan in the 1990s I was answering phones in the detachment dispatch office. A caller from Summerland asked what would happen if he decided to take his protest sign down to the highway and conduct his own personal blockade. He expressed the opinion that if he did that the police would arrive quickly and if he did not move he would be removed.I couldn’t argue his point.
This past week has seen a number of blockades of B.C. highways and other places, so I thought that it would be interesting to examine why groups were permitted to disrupt our everyday travels to express a point.
My first stop was the Guide to the Law of Protest published by McGrady Law of Vancouver. This document outlines some history of civil disobedience in B.C., examines a person’s right to protest, outlines how to conduct yourself and how the law may be applied to you when you do.
Next, I contacted the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General via the media contact information. All that they would say beyond the fact that the Motor Vehicle Act did not direct police to dismantle blockades was that the Ministry did not get involved in day to day police operations. When asked about setting government policy all further e-mail was ignored.
Government policy is published in the form of the Crown Counsel Policy Manual on Civil Disobedience and Contempt of Related Court Orders. This guides Crown lawyers in deciding whether they should prosecute protesters or not. I don’t doubt that this guides police decisions as well.
Media relations with the RCMP in B.C. were helpful. They explained that each situation is evaluated separately and that a balance had to be struck between Charter rights, criminal actions, court orders and public safety. Where there is no court order, police can rely on the Criminal Code and common law powers in the event of violence or criminal actions by protesters.
Police resources to cope with the size of the protest group is without a doubt an important consideration.
Finally, the most assistance came from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA):
First of all, regarding the “free passage of traffic”, operating a motor vehicle is a privilege not a right.
Second, streets are blocked off for various reasons on a regular basis. Examples include activities related to the film industry, parades, marathons, and marches. Police are present to ensure that the scene is safe and the traffic is diverted. These events typically occur on main thoroughfares. A double standard applied in the case of lawful protest would be unreasonable.
Third, roads are public places in which political expression can take place. The rights to freedom of expression and assembly are enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and are necessary in a free and democratic society. Furthermore, the police have a duty to ensure a safe environment for members of the public to express themselves through non-violent protest and civil disobedience.
Finally, during the course of their duties, police are constantly balancing interests and re-evaluating their discretion. In the event of an emergency, police have the option to use their discretion to clear the way for an emergency vehicle. A court would likely uphold the infringement of Charter-protected rights to allow for the safe passage of an emergency vehicle.
A counter-protest to a blockade on Highway 19 in Courtenay did result in an arrest and an end to the blockade. The original protesters left out of concern for their own safety.
Returning to the inquiry that I mentioned at the start of the article, the BCCLA says that there is no difference between the right of the individual and the right of the group to protest, but I do wonder what would happen.
Cst. Tim Schewe (Ret.) runs DriveSmartBC, a community web site about traffic safety in British Columbia. For 25 years he was an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including five years on general duty, 20 in traffic and 10 as a collision analyst responsible for conducting technical investigations of collisions. He retired from policing in 2006 but continues to be active in traffic safety through the DriveSmartBC web site, teaching seminars and contributing content to newspapers and web sites.
Ontario auto insurance taking a jump
By Tim Herd | KitchenerToday
Ontario has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. The province is second to British Columbia, and now rates are set to climb even higher. Drivers could face up to an 11 per cent increase.
Rob Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer, Deutschmann Law was on the Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS on Thursday.
He said it’s not the same across the board. “1.6 per cent for the most part, but there are a couple of companies that had to have excessively higher rates.”
The increase in rates has started a debate between public and private insurance. BC already has public auto insurance. Deutschmann said Ontario should not follow suit because BC is seeing significant cuts, and has the most expensive auto insurance in the country.
Deutschmann added one of the issues with this increase is that the Insurance Board of Canada (IBC) and the industry have most of the control, and keeps the Ontario government out of the loop.
In Ontario, accidents and death rates are low and benefits continue to get slashed. “Since 2010 we’ve had significant cuts to accident benefits in Ontario,” says Deutschmann. A decade later he says roughly 70-80 per cent of auto accident victims in Ontario only have access to $3,500 in accident benefits.
February’s Traffic Safety Spotlight is focused on distracted driving – just as fines are set to increase Feb. 1, 2020.
“Distracted driving is a serious safety concern in our province, and on roads all over the country,” said the Honourable Joe Hargave, Minister Responsible for SGI. “We hope by introducing tougher penalties – and especially strong penalties for repeat offenders – it will mean fewer people driving distracted and fewer tickets issued.”
What’s new: Here are the consequences distracted drivers can expect as of Feb. 1:
- First offence – ticket more than doubles to $580, plus four demerits.
- Second offence within a year of being convicted of the first – $1,400 ticket, plus an additional four demerits, plus an immediate, seven-day vehicle seizure. Vehicle owners are responsible for the towing and impound fees (cost varies according to mileage, but expect to pay approximately $400 at least).
- Third offence within a year of conviction of the first – $2,100 ticket, plus four more demerits and another seven-day vehicle seizure.
The demerits could also cost the driver insurance discounts they had earned or – if they are on the negative side of the SGI Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) scale – additional financial penalties, at $50 for every point below zero. If a driver started at zero, and received three distracted driving tickets in a year, they would have to pay a total of $1,200 in SDR financial penalties, on top of the other financial impacts.
What’s not changing: While the cost of a ticket is increasing, the laws around distracted driving remain the same. Hand-held devices are prohibited for learner, novice and experienced drivers, although experienced drivers can use hands-free functions on mounted devices through voice commands or one-touch. The vast majority of distracted driving tickets that are issued by law enforcement are related to cell phone use. In addition, drivers can receive a ticket if an officer witnesses behaviour that they can prove take a driver’s attention away from the road to the point they are operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner.
In 2018, driver distraction or inattention was a factor in more than 6,000 collisions, resulting in 774 injuries and 22 deaths. In 2019, distracted driving set three monthly records for the number of tickets issued.
Have questions about distracted driving? We answered most of them on Facebook. And if you’re looking to avoid a distracted driving ticket, put the phone down behind the wheel – and check out these other tips.
The excerpreted article was written by Brian Passifiume | Toronto Sun
Regardless to be amongst Canada’s most dependable motorists, Ontario motorists will begin to spend additional to guarantee their particular autos.
Ontario’s Monetary Companies Regulatory Authority (FSRA) authorised charge hikes for 21 coverage businesses — representing roughly 40% of this province’s motorists — in a quarterly report published into the authority’s web web site last thirty days.
On common, customers might find their particular premiums get up by 1.6% through the whole market — straight down through the two.6% improve authorised inside the 3rd one-fourth of 2019.
Some motorists could see their costs enhance by as a great deal as 10% — and also 11% — as it is the truth with customers of COSECO Insurance coverage Co. and Scottish and York Insurance coverage Co. of Canada, correspondingly.
Hikes for every businesses took influence in the beginning of February.
Different insurers authorised for fee will boost embody Continental Casualty Co. (eight%,) Assure Co. of North America (7.5%,) SGI Canada (practically 10%) and Intact (5%.)
Ontario will continue to position one of many costliest provinces in Canada to guarantee a automotive.
Knowledge from automobile insurance coverage aggregator Kanetix shows premiums in north and east Brampton typical round $2,593 per 12 months — the greatest inside the country or over about $100 when compared with a 12 months in past times.
Neighbourhoods in north Toronto have observed their fees surge, with yearly costs from Rexdale east to Black Creek hovering round $2,590.
On common, Ontarians pay $1,505 per 12 months in automobile insurance protection, as a result to figures from the Basic Insurance protection Statistical Company.
British Columbia remains ideal on typical, at $1,832 per 12 months.
In Alberta, the put the UCP authorities not long ago scrapped laws and regulations capping advanced will boost at 5% annually, insurance plans common round $1,316.
The speed hikes in Ontario come less than a 12 months after previous finance minister Vic Fedeli, throughout their unveiling for the province’s 2019 funds, hinted at making ‘transformative changes’ to auto coverage.
Invoice 42, suggested final 12 months by Computer MPP Parm Gill, named for an finish to advanced hikes primarily based on geographical area. The charge passed 2nd learning final March and are at the minute sooner than committee.