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ICBC’s pilot project on using telematics with new drivers

Aug 12, 2019 | Posted in News, Technology

According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, new drivers in BC are 3.5 times more at risk of getting into an accident than experienced drivers. That’s why ICBC is recruiting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than 4 years’ experience behind the wheel for a one-year pilot project to gauge driver behavior.

Each participant gets a tag, provided by the global telematics company Octo, that is affixed to their windshield that will measure speed, braking, cornering, accelerating, and other metrics and communicate the data via a phone app. It also tracks phone use and provides a visible, overall safe driving score that will update after every trip. ICBC hopes to use the pilot results to help determine how the crown corporation can use telematics in the future to reduce unsafe driving, reduce claims, and ultimately, reduce insurance premiums.

“Essentially, what we want to do is provide drivers with feedback to see if that improves driving behaviours and makes them less likely to crash,” says Mark Milner, a road safety program manager for ICBC. “We’re looking to reward people for good behaviour.”

In return, participants will receive rewards in the form of gift cards and the peace of the mind that their driving data collected during the pilot will not impact their insurance premiums. The pilot is slated to start in November 2019.

Read more about the ICBC telematics pilot project here.

Employee Highlight: Charlie Williams

Jul 04, 2019 | Posted in Jim Pattison Lease

Charlie Williams

Account Executive, Toronto

How long have you been with Jim Pattison Lease?

I have been with Jim Pattison Lease for 25 years.

What do you do here?

I am an Account Executive responsible for signing new accounts and then managing them on an ongoing basis.

How does the JP Lease culture contribute to your success?

We have a first-class support staff dedicated to customer satisfaction. Our management team is open to new ideas. We are embracing new trends and technology that will improve fleet management for our customers.

What do you look forward to most on your way to work in the morning?

I look forward to seeing my coworkers. We have a great group in the Toronto office, with a wealth of experience. We are always willing to bounce ideas off each other.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Building strong and lasting relationships over time with my customers and suppliers.

Can you share a memory that stands out in all the years?                    

During the financial crisis of 2009, it was pretty much business as usual at JPL. There was panic everywhere else, but we remained calm and stable.

What are some of the things you like to do outside of work?

I like to spend time with my three children, I am an avid fan of all of Toronto’s pro sports teams, and I am doing some kayaking on Lake Ontario this summer.

What has helped make you successful at your job?

I am given a large amount of trust and freedom to plan my day around what will benefit my customers and our business. I was told early in my career to look at any business decision simply as “does it make sense?” I have never forgotten that!

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