Insurers welcome enhancements to Ontario's novice driver education system



    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada welcomes an
announcement today by the Honourable Donna Cansfield, Ontario's Transportation
Minister, that the province will be moving ahead to regulate driving schools
and instructors. Insurers applaud the initiative as a significant road safety
development.
    "The enhancements announced today will improve road safety for novice
drivers as well as strengthen consumer confidence in driving schools," said
Mark Yakabuski, Vice-President, Federal Affairs & Ontario, and
President-designate, Insurance Bureau of Canada. "On behalf of Ontario auto
insurers, I congratulate Minister Cansfield for taking action in this area."
    The insurance industry is a longtime stakeholder in Ontario's beginner
driver education system. Most insurance companies provide discounts for novice
drivers who provide proof of completion of the Ministry-approved beginner
driver education course. Discounts range up to 15 per cent, which is the
equivalent of three years safe-driving experience. Novice drivers who complete
a MTO-approved beginner driver education course are also eligible to take the
G1 exit road test after only 8 months at the first level of graduated
licensing.
    "As a key stakeholder in Ontario's beginner driver education system,
insurers are pleased with the administrative improvements announced today,"
added Mr. Yakabuski. "We look forward to working with the Ministry and other
interested road safety partners in making this new system work."

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of the
private property and casualty insurance industry. It represents more than 90%
of the non-government home, car and business insurance in Canada. To view news
releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's website at
www.ibc.ca.





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