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Exciting Times for Developers of Entry Level Electric Vehicles

Despite the recent trade talks in Oshawa, Ontario, don’t count Canada out of the car-business-of-the-future yet. If Jerry Kroll and Henry Reisner, the founders and chief officers of Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation [EMVC] headquartered here in Vancouver, BC realize their vision, we may soon be fully ‘back in the game’. For the nearly 90 percent …

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Shortening the Length of Trials and Reducing Costs

At a news conference on February 11, 2019 BC Attorney General David Eby announced the BC government has amended the BC Supreme Court rules for civil cases in which ICBC is a party by limiting the number of experts and their reports. The Attorney General first provided the context for these changes by citing the …

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Drug Use and Public Safety

Phil Verster, the CEO of Ontario’s Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency which operates GO Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, recently captured headlines by announcing changes to the agency’s fitness-for-duty policies which came into effect on February 1st, 2019.  The changes focus on workers’ use of recreational cannabis.  They are clear and to …

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Super Bowl Car Commercials

It’s difficult to know what to make of only six of the 56 Super Bowl 2019 TV commercials being car ads and none from American car manufacturers. It’s not as if car companies don’t have much to say.  As a Forbes magazine reviewer of this ad group wrote, what with “their utility or efficiency, … …

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Speeding on the Autobahn

That was (almost) a close call!  But, according to Germany’s transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, “common sense” has prevailed, and leaked proposals by a government-appointed committee on the future of mobility to impose a 130 kph (80 mph) speed limit on the country’s autobahn network have been rejected. Postponing the proposals The heated debate is over … …

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Horns and Honking

Think of the statutes passed by our federal and provincial governments as ‘the tip of the iceberg’.  Under the water line are even more volumes of regulations addressing the whole hierarchy of detail thereby systemized and controlled by the statutes. The rule about the horns The British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act, for example, extends its …

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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 behavior, 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 …

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