CMMG AGM The Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups’ (CMMG’s) November 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was postponed until January 2021; however, due to continued Covid19 restrictions, CMMG will now hold its AGM on ZOOM, Thursday February 25.
Only members may attend the AGM. If you do not have a current 2020 or 2021 membership you may renew by going to www.cmmg.org and use the Paypal link under Membership. If you are a member and have not received your ZOOM invite, please check your junk email or advise Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org
CMMG had a busy year. You can thank CMMG for motorcycle insurance premium rebates and for reducing motorcycle premium increases. CMMG appeared before the Public Utilities Board 3 times, twice advocating and getting rebates for motorcyclists and again in October, successfully challenging Manitoba Public Insurance’s (MPI’s) discriminatory rate setting methodology. PUB agreed with CMMG and instead of MPI’s proposed premium increase of 4.7% for motorcycles, the rate increase has been reduced to and overall increase of 1.74% (motorcycles 1.71%, Mopeds 2.9%). Still too much though! More to do!
Currently CMMG is collaborating with Manitoba Infrastructure regarding changes to the Motorcycle Equipment and Inspection Regulations.
CMMG needs your ongoing financial support through membership in order to continue with our advocacy efforts on behalf of Manitoba Motorcyclists.
Due to Dovid19 restrictions CMMG will not be able to hold its 2020 Annual General Meeting, the election of officers, and will postpone the meeting until January 2021. If current restrictions do not change the CMMG Board will investigate the possibility of holding a virtual meeting that provides voting for all our members.
Section 9.6 of our constitution provides: Where due to unforeseen circumstances, the Annual General Meeting cannot be held prior to the year-end in which the current officers/directors hold office, the current officers/directors shall remain in office until the Annual General Meeting, which shall be held as soon as possible in the new year. Newly elected officers/directors shall take office at the adjournment of said Annual General Meeting.
Public Utilities Board
In the meantime, we are awaiting a decision from the Public Utilities Board regarding our challenge to MPI’s proposed 2021-22 motorcycle premiums. The hearing began October 19th and just this past Thursday, our solicitor Charlotte Meek presented her closing arguments to the Board.
Another concern of the consumers association is that lowest risk-Manitoba drivers and vehicle owners appear to be paying substantially more in premiums than is justified by the risk they bring to the system, Williams said. So, too, is the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups, representing the only drivers facing a rate increase in the application. It has intervener status at the PUB hearing.
“Car owners and motorcycle owners transfer ownership to other people with better driving records to avoid high rates,” motorcycle coalition president Doug Houghton said in an interview.
The MPI general rate application would jack up motorcycle insurance rates by 4.7 per cent while lowering private passenger rates by 9.4 per cent. Motorcycle rates were bumped up by 5.1 per cent just last year, said Houghton. He’s been riding for more than 50 years, and notes safety training and awareness have made it safer than ever.
“Why is it that, in spite of motorcycles declining accident frequency, motorcycle premiums are increasing again at a much greater rate than automobiles?” he said.
The above content is part of an article posted in the Winnipeg Free Press on 10/19/2020 regarding MPI rates in which Doug Houston spoke on behalf of the CMMG and Manitoba motorcyclists as a whole. Only his message is shown, the full article can be read via the Winnipeg Free Press here.
REGISTRATION: 9:30 TO 11:00 AM MARION HOTEL, MARION STREET WINNIPEG
Please Respect Social Distancing
Keeping it simple this year – less handling, fewer line ups & less waiting. Just a fun ride and a chance to win your money back. Instead of poker cards buy 50/50 tickets at 10 tickets for $10 (Lottery Licence LGCA-10474-SOR).
Drop off some of your tickets at each of three drop off locations: Airliner Drive Inn, Beausejour, La Broquerie Hotel & Ile des Chenes hotel.
Choose whatever combination of tickets you want to leave at each location. (eg. 3, 3 and 4 or 3, 4 and 3 or 2, 2 and 6 etc.). You’re now entered for 3 separate draws later on at the Marion Hotel. All tickets must be deposited at drop off locations by 3:00 pm.
Food available at all locations. LaBroquerie and Ile des Chenes Hotels have restaurants.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions CMMG was unable to hold its annual Motorcycle Safety Awareness Rally at the Manitoba Legislature and hear the Minister of Infrastructure Declare “May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Manitoba”
In Lieu of the Rally The Honourable Ron Schuler, Minister of Infrastructure has kindly agreed to provide the proclamation by video. This video should be on his Twitter account and on this CMMG Facebook site if I load it properly.
CMMG, successfully challenged Manitoba Public Insurance’s (MPI’S) rebate methodology and on May 1st, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) ruled that it would not be just and reasonable to exclude motorcycles from this rebate. The initial $50 million rebate would be available to motorcyclists, based on active policies during the 2019-20 fiscal year. Even though most seasonally adjusted policies in effect all year, MPI argued that they would not be eligible for the additional $60 million as motorcycle policies would not be “active” as of March 15 this year.
The 2020 riding season is fast approaching and CMMG is once again inviting you or a representative of your motorcycle group to attend its next Board of Directors Meeting of Dealers and Motorcycle Groups.
Date: WEDNESDAY FEB. 26 Time: 7:00 PM Place: Downstairs at the Marion Hotel, 393 MARION ST. WINNIPEG
Dealers and groups will be first on the agenda, so you won’t have to sit through our regular agenda. The purpose of this meeting is as follows:
To update motorcycle dealers and groups of CMMG activities;
To update list of your groups motorcycle events, open rides and activities for our newsletter, website and our annual “Ride Guide” publication; and
To get input and concerns from all motorcycle groups.
Please arrange to have one or two representatives from your organization attend. If you are not the right contact person, please forward, and advise me by email of the correct person.
Be sure to bring an updated list of all your rides for the coming year, including date, location, email and website address and contact person. If you can’t make the meeting, please email your information to me at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: All members wishing to attend the pre-meeting dinner MUST RSVP their first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 7pm Tuesday November 12. Names are checked at the door, so ensure yours is on the list or you may miss out on some great food.
Dinner is $10 per member of $15 per non-member.
The Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups is the ONLY organization that appears at Public Utilities Board hearings and lobbies MPI to try to get fairer motorcycle insurance rates. CMMG also provides input to the government on motorcycle legislation and regulations. Show your support and help the CMMG help all Manitoba motorcycle riders. Come for supper & socialize before the meeting.
CMMG needs the support of the entire riding community, so please encourage all riders to join the CMMG and cast a vote.