FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick NDP is calling for changes to regulations surrounding motor vehicles and insurance to give New Brunswick motorists a fair deal. NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is calling for three key reforms that would be introduced by an NDP government. They are:
- Extending the period between mandatory motor vehicle inspections from one to two years.
- Banning the use of credit scores as a way of deciding individual insurance rates for auto and home coverage.
- Allowing for multiple vehicles to be registered at the same time, helping businesses that operate fleets.
“We have a responsibility to protect New Brunswick consumers from unfair and punitive practices and I believe these changes would be a huge step in that direction,” Cardy said. “New Brunswick deserves a better deal for drivers and that is what the new NDP would deliver.”
Currently only New Brunswick and PEI require annual motor vehicle inspections.
“I believe moving to the two-year interval will provide welcome financial relief at a time when many New Brunswickers greatly need it,” Cardy said.
Cardy also condemns the practice of using credit scores as factors in determining auto and home insurance rates.
“There are legitimate criteria that should be used when determining insurance rates – accident history, age, and previous claims are all acceptable. But using credit scores systemically discriminates against lower-income drivers and unfairly punishes people who may have gone through a bad period due to a divorce or job layoff,” Cardy said.