A motion that calls on the insurance industry to reduce premiums for drivers who use winter tires has been passed by the Ontario Legislature.
Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, introduced the Private Member’s Motion, saying that reducing insurance premiums for drivers who use winter tires would help consumers. He said winter tires can be cost-prohibitive for many people, so a premium reduction for winter tire use would make them more affordable – making it possible for more drivers to use them. The increased use of winter tires would result in safer roads for everyone. Insurance companies would benefit as well. These companies would see their costs go down because the use of winter tires decreases the number and severity of winter road accidents.
“There’s overwhelming evidence that the use of proper winter tires reduces the likelihood of accidents and save lives. If insurance companies offer reduced premiums to driver’s who use winter tires, we’ll have safer roads and everyone will benefit. I think that’s why the motion was approved by the legislature and endorsed by important organizations that are committed to road safety, like the Ontario Safety League, the Ontario Hospital Association and the CAA. In Northern Ontario, where so many of us already use winter tires, lower insurance premiums for winter tires could also help northerners reduce the cost of winter driving” Mauro said.
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