Drivers should be revved for possible insurance-rate cut
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.