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Posted June 7, 2012

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Horwath NDP Bill Will Hike Auto Insurance Rates in Waterloo Region, Reward Dangerous & Drunk Drivers

Waterloo - The Horwath NDP is proposing legislation that will force safe drivers in Waterloo Region to pay more for auto insurance while lowering rates for dangerous drivers, said Liberal MPP John Milloy.

“Andrea Horwath’s auto insurance scheme is a total wreck. It will lower rates for dangerous and drunk drivers by forcing Waterloo Region families to pay more,” said Milloy. “Independent experts agree the Horwath NDP bill will mean higher rates and dangerous roads. Even Mothers Against Drunk Driving is against this dangerous NDP bill.”

Bill 45, the Insurance Amendment Act, would remove geographical location as a factor in determining auto insurance rates – an effort to reduce rates for Toronto drivers at the expense of drivers in other regions of Ontario. But the misguided plan would dramatically increase the cost of auto insurance all across Ontario, with drivers outside Toronto being especially hard-hit.

The NDP bill also stipulates a driver’s safety record would only reflect at-fault accidents, not driving offences like impaired driving or street racing.

“Drivers pulled over for dangerous driving offences such as drunk driving and street racing would face no increase in premiums,” said Milloy, citing public comments from MADD Canada:

“[The NDP] bill will force responsible drivers to subsidize the insurance premiums of dangerous drivers. … In our view, the bill sends all the wrong messages, punishes responsible drivers, rewards dangerous drivers, and will increase the risk to Ontario road-users.” – Andrew W. Murie, CEO, MADD Canada



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