The Saskatchewan government is taking steps to ensure that thieves injured in accidents involving cars they’ve stolen don’t qualify for insurance benefits.
Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Tim McMillan introduced the necessary amendments to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act in the Legislative Assembly.
“This change sends a message that auto theft is a serious crime,” said McMillan. “Our government is being diligent by ensuring that premium dollars paid by law-abiding SGI customers are not being used to benefit convicted criminals.”
Under the current legislation, convicted auto thieves injured in a motor vehicle collision can access all the same benefits through SGI’s injury coverage as any other Saskatchewan resident. This includes benefits such as income replacement, rehabilitation and a lump-sum payment if they suffer a permanent impairment.
All Saskatchewan residents are covered by No Fault Coverage unless they sign a declaration opting for Tort Coverage. These changes will remove access to benefits regardless of which injury coverage the convicted person has at the time of the collision.