Canadian man legally changes gender for cheaper auto insurance premiums

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A motorist fed up with paying more because he was male has found a loophole in a new law in Canada. A driver in Canada seeking cheaper auto insurance rates legally changed his gender from male to female in order to dupe the system. Gender-based car insurance premium calculations charge male drivers far more than females. The man wasn’t just chasing slightly cheaper auto insurance rates. In fact, he discovered that by changing his gender from male to female, he would save almost $1,100 (CAD) per year. The man, whose…

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Auto insurance customers in Ontario, Canada overpaying by $5 billion

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A new Ontario Trial Lawyers Association says policyholders have paid far too much over five years. Ontario, Canada auto insurance customers may have been overpaying by as much as $5 billion on their premiums. This figure accumulated over the last five years, said a new Ontario Trial Lawyers Association report. Claims continued falling as car insurance company profits grew significantly in that time. At the same time that auto insurance customer were making fewer claims, insurers were making more money. In fact, according to the report, insurer profits rose to…

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Allstate launches usage-based auto insurance program in Alberta

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New insurance program could net drivers savings on premiums A new auto insurance program in Alberta, Canada, could give drivers a chance to save money on their coverage. Allstate has launched a new usage-based insurance policy in the province. The policy involves the use of telematic technology, which is designed to collect data on how a vehicle is being driven. This may be good news for safe drivers, as they will be able to obtain discounts on their insurance coverage. This data is collected over six months, giving Allstate the…

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New auto insurance product may help ride-share companies in Canada

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Aviva Canada aims to launch a new auto insurance product in Canada in February New auto insurance coverage for those in Canada that use their own vehicles to transport paying passengers may soon be available in February. The new coverage comes from Aviva Canada, which is looking to close gaps in the auto insurance sector, especially where ride-sharing services are concerned. This coverage may be a boon for Uber, which has come under fire recently due to concerns regarding the insurance coverage that it provides its drivers. Uber has been…

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Auto insurance company in Canada cracks down on UberX drivers

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An insurer has started cancelling the policies of drivers who are working with personal coverage. The Toronto Star has now reported that it has received an internal bulletin from the Aviva Canada auto insurance company and that has revealed that it is cracking down on UberX drivers who are covering themselves with personal policies but who are using their vehicles for commercial purposes. Estimates from the City of Toronto show a monthly average of 500,000 UberX rides in the city. Now, one of the largest auto insurance companies in the…

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Canadian Uber drivers may need to check their auto insurance policies

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Insurance Bureau of Canada wants Uber drivers to make sure they are properly insured The Insurance Bureau of Canada is advising drivers that work for ride-share company Uber to check their auto insurance policies. The agency suggests that drivers should ensure that their insurance policies provide coverage for their vehicles that are being used for commercial purposes. In most cases, however, conventional policies do not provide commercial coverage for most drivers, as these policies only provide coverage for vehicles being used for personal purposes. As such, they may be exposed…

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UberX generates auto insurance controversy in Canada

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UberX has received criticism for the insurance coverage it provides its drivers Ride-share company UberX has generated some controversy in Canada concerning auto insurance. Toronto’s taxi industry has voiced concerns about the insurance coverage that UberX provides its drivers. Per the company’s policies, its drivers are not required to purchase commercial auto insurance. There are concerns that the company does not ensure that its drivers have liability coverage either, which could place drivers and their passengers in a risky position in the event of a major accident. All rides on…

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