Distracted and impaired drivers to be hit hard by ICBC optional insurance changes

ICBC will be cracking down on impaired and distracted drivers under new optional insurance changes introduced on Thursday.

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Starting Monday, any serious driving conviction will lead to a substantial increase to ICBC optional insurance rates. Those rate increases will come on September 1 even though the convictions could have happened months earlier.

The changes are part of a massive overhaul at the public insurer that includes moving to a basic insurance model that is more driver-based. This means crashes follow the driver, not the vehicle, to ensure drivers are more accountable for their behaviour on the road.

The province is anticipating that approximately three-quarters of ICBC’s customers will either pay the same or less under the new system.

New technologies like eBrake help to reduce distracted driving. eBrake cannot be "gamed" or simply "turned off" by a driver when driving. Here are a few eBrake features:

  • Automatically locks device when motion is detected
  • Unique Passenger Unlock Test for when a driver happens to be a passenger
  • Driver cannot pretend to be a passenger and unlock device when driving
  • No hardware needed
  • Cost effective