Letter: Clean driving record nets higher premiums

Dear Editor,

Having to renew my car insurance this month was something I was looking forward to. I am a senior citizen on a limited income and under ICBC’s new policy I was hoping to save some dollars.

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I have been driving for 50 years and have never had an accident. I currently drive a 10-year-old Honda Accord, which I typically average approximately 6,000 kilometres a year.

I would assume that I am the perfect model for ICBC’s new insurance program and to quote, “The good news is, safe driving and lots of experience can help to lower your premiums.”

After answering all the new questions and getting the same insurance I purchased last year, I was shocked to learn my insurance premium had gone up $50 from the previous year.

How could that be as I have never had an accident in 50 years of driving? I would like to know what kind of driving record is needed to get lower premiums.

We pay the highest car insurance premiums and gas prices in the country. The monopoly on car insurance from ICBC has to be stopped. We deserve an option with competitive rates.

Barry Simpson



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