MPI to review and comply with PUB auto insurance directives

Published: December 7, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) says it intends to “fully comply” with auto insurance directives issued by Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board (PUB), but will conduct a review before finalizing its plans.

The decision follows PUB saying there are outstanding directives. On Monday, the regulator said there are auto insurance and other matters that must be remedied. In a statement, PUB said it is “concerned that MPI chose not to fully comply with a significant proportion of the directives in Order 162/16. As a result, the Board orders MPI to file a status of compliance report on or before April 1, 2018, and fully participate in several technical conferences.”

Speaking to Canadian Underwriter, an MPI spokesperson said the company must make a review before completing the directives. PUB issued Order 162/16 with 33 directives, 27 of which have already been completed. The final six being reviewed by MPI are:

  1. File an overall five-year strategic plan in its 2018 general rate application (GRA) regarding its IT projects. The plan should include all major projects, including IT modernization and physical damage re-engineering projects, full business cases with cost-benefit financial metrics for each, and the plan should also clearly articulate the benefits of the projects and provide updates on their progress to implementation;
  2. Seek to gain insight on longer tail experience from outside the province, in particular from the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), and report back on the results of its efforts in the 2018 GRA;
  3. Obtain an updated asset liability management study to be filed in the 2018 GRA, addressing 18 recommendations made;
  4. File a five-year strategic plan addressing all of its road safety programming, including: the overall budget and breakdown; targets for the reduction of collisions and fatalities; all priorities for road safety programming; MPI’s strategy for addressing and targeting road safety issues such as distracted driving, impaired driving, including drug-impaired driving, wildlife collisions, mature drivers and vulnerable road users;
  5. Further study the use of fencing to prevent wildlife collisions, including discussion with other jurisdictions that employ wildlife collision management plans, and in the 2018 GRA, provide a report on its further study of wildlife collision management plans.
  6. Work with the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups on a proposal for a pilot project involving the use of fencing in order to study its effectiveness in reducing wildlife collisions.