EDITORIAL – When is ICBC going to do something serious to help drivers?

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

PEOPLE ARE DRIVING TOO FAST during this pandemic, according to ICBC.

Monday, the insurance corporation called on drivers to resist the temptation to speed just because there are fewer drivers.

Speeding increases the risk of crashes, says ICBC. Well, so much for the theory that speed doesn’t kill, even though some insist speed limits should be raised, not lowered.

But ICBC has a few questions to answer. During the pandemic, its services have largely gone online. It’s harder to get insurance renewals these days because phone calls are slow being returned.

My driver’s licence expired a week and a half ago and extensions are now being done by phone.

When you call the number, you get a voice message that says you’ll get a return phone call within 48 hours. After a week of trying, I finally got a call back and my temporary licence was processed, with the actual piece of paper arriving by mail a few days later.

I’m not complaining too much about this, but the service could be better. What I’m really wondering about is why I’m still waiting for a handsome rebate on my auto insurance premiums.

After all, as ICBC says, there are a lot fewer cars on the road. So there’s bound to be a lot fewer accidents and, therefore, a lot fewer claims, and a lot less drain on the public purse.

So what has ICBC done so far? Deferrals on monthly insurance payments. The $30 cancellation fee and $18 re-plating fee have been waived.

Well, I suppose every penny helps but I sometimes get the impression that some of these agencies that take so much of our money make token gestures just so they can appear to be doing something to help us out, when they really aren’t doing much.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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3 Comments on EDITORIAL – When is ICBC going to do something serious to help drivers?

  1. Don Drysdale // May 8, 2020 at 9:10 AM // Reply

    Completely agree with Cara. If this can put a big bite in the ICBC debt without future large increases then I am all for it. To drive or not is my decision.

  2. Much as I’d love a refund on my insurance, I am hopeful that this will help ICBC get back into a better fiscal position so that rates may be able to be lowered in the future. ICBC has been in such rough financial shape after years of mismanagement under the BC Libs (sorry it’s true) that this may be just what they need to get back on track.

  3. Me thinks the people responsible for all this injustice should be brought in front of the guillotine…the people are sovereign not the bureaucracy.

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