Big Changes for ICBC

Despite the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries macro-trending in the right direction—downward, despite significant advances in injury treatment and post-accident therapies, despite sturdier, more crashworthy vehicles, most drivers will have noticed that the macro-trend for their car insurance premiums has gone the opposite direction. And yet, says the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), …

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Good News About the Problem of Impaired Driving

The previous Road Rules article discussed the new Criminal Code impaired driving rules (effective December 18, 2018) by noting that, despite many efforts over many decades to stop this behaviour, it remains a leading cause of death in Canada.  Reportedly there is an average of almost four deaths per day related to impaired driving. However, …

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Impaired Driving Still a Problem

Despite increasingly punitive impaired driving laws, despite educational efforts starting in grade school to raise awareness of and deter the behavior, despite sophisticated efforts by non-profit organizations dedicated to “stopping this violent crime,” and advocating for and supporting victims and their families, impaired driving remains a leading cause of death in Canada: — by some …

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Can Airbags Hurt You?

The Takata airbag recall—extending to 19 vehicle manufacturers, 50 million vehicles in the US with 10 million more scheduled for recall in January 2019, and 5 million in Canada—remains the largest in history. While Takata, the Japanese manufacturer of the airbag, took some time to identify the cause, a recent report from Associated Press confirms …

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Will Flying Cars Become a Reality?

A couple of years ago, at the 2015 global aviation show, ‘AERO Friedrichshafen’ held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Carplane® GmbH, a company co-funded by the EU and the German State of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) unveiled a ‘nearly complete’ prototype of its flying car, designed for road travel capability to and from airstrips, and flight travel between …

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Tracking the Location of Electric Vehicles

Associated Press has reported recently that all the major manufacturers of electric vehicles currently accessing the Chinese market are complying with regulations in China that require them to transmit data collected by the tracking systems in these vehicles to government-backed monitoring centers.  The manufacturers more or less uniformly say they are doing so having obtained …

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Gasoline Tax, Saving the World and Starting Riots

“France’s Meltdown, Macron’s Disdain” by Dr. Guy Millière, a professor at the University of Paris, published on the Gatestone Institute website: www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13364/france-meltdown-macron-disdain provides more background on the ongoing “yellow vest”— gilets jaunes— protests in France, which Road Rules first addressed when they began in mid-November. Dr. Millière begins by detailing how French President Macron’s statements …

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General Motors Transitions

Self-driving cars (AVs) and electric cars (EVs) have been Road Rules’ topics for many years.  Of the two, EVs have moved more quickly from futuristic prototype to being drivable in the here and now.  But AV development is also proceeding quickly.  All major auto manufacturers are heavily invested in it; engineering departments in the top …

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Carbon Tax May Anger Voters

Publically questioning climate change, computer-modelling of global warming, and human causation largely from fossil fuel usage is now guaranteed to start an emotional argument.  The United Nations, reportedly forecasts a global apocalypse from failure to act.  Yet resistance to government efforts to force reductions in fossil fuel use, especially by some sort of ‘carbon tax’ …

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Increasing Vehicle Speed Lowers Driver Reaction Time

In 2014, the government of BC was persuaded to raise the speed limits on certain stretches of highway around the province to some of the highest in Canada—some stretches to 120 km/h.  One advocate was Ian Tootill, co-founder in 1995 of the driver’s advocacy group SENSE —Safety by Education Not Speed Enforcement.  SENSE advanced that …

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