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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.

Canadian ELD Mandate Announced

Jun 13, 2019 | Posted in News, Technology

On June 13, 2019, Transport Canada published Canada’s long-awaited ELD (electronic logging device) rule in an effort to increase safety and compliance in the trucking industry. In 2 years (by June 2021), ELDs will have to be used by all drivers that are currently required to maintain a logbook. The rules themselves will not be changed, but will simply have to be recorded electronically and automatically.

While a similar mandate has already taken effect in the U.S., there are two notable differences that the Canadian mandate has:

  1. The ELD-compliant devices that will be used in Canada will require third-party device certification; a rule put in place to reduce modification or tampering of the devices.
  2. Existing automatic onboard recording devices will not be grandfathered, meaning existing devices will need to be third-party-certified or replaced with new devices.

“The two-year implementation period may seem quick for some truck owners,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said, “but I want to reassure you that this period will allow them enough time to set up and install the devices. In doing this we are looking to reduce truck and bus crashes due to fatigue.”

While the industry awaits the government to work with ELD suppliers to identify a third-party certification institution, there are current suppliers that are already ELD compliant in the U.S. such as Geotab that can be explored.

Read more about the mandate here.

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