By: Luke Jones, Published on January 31, 2018 04:52 PM, Last Update on January 31, 2018 01:54 PM
Earlier this week, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) announced it is changing the definition of what an Antique vehicle is. It seems it was an unpopular decision as a petition has been started to reverse the decision, and it already has hundreds of signatures.
SGI’s new definition has caused controversy. Under the previous definition, SGI deemed any vehicle 30 years old or older as antique. Now, the public insurance provider says only “vehicles that are model year 1987 and older” are classified as such. The new definition has been in action since the start of the year.
“This change means that vehicles with a model year of 1988 and newer will not be eligible to be registered for antique use…this change does not impact any vehicles currently registered for antique use” said SGI media relations manager Tyler McMurchy.
There was previously a loophole that allowed an “imbalance” in the system:
“The intent of the Antique Use class, when it was originally created, was to accommodate vintage vehicles that were used infrequently – for parades or special occasions or Sunday drives,” he said. “But we’ve seen an increasing trend where antique-registered vehicles are also being used as regular use vehicles, driven daily in many cases.”
Saskatchewan residents are unhappy with the changes. Speaking to CBC News, Saskatoon resident Steve Bondy explained why he started the petition:
“Vehicles are only getting older, and there is going to be more of them throughout the years,” Bondy told CBC News in an interview. “And so what may not be what people consider vintage right now — an ‘87 — 20 years from now it’s going to be like we’re talking about a ‘57.”
The online petition currently has 830 signatures.