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COVID-19 precautions result in fewer collisions - MPI

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: March 26, 2020 08:49

Collision claims down 20% from 2019

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Crashes on Manitoba highways have dropped 20%, and it's being attributed to fewer vehicles on the roads because of COVID-19 precautions. 

Brian Smiley, at Manitoba Public Insurance, says there were 9,016 claims, as of March 19th, compared with 10,668 last year. 

He says all road tests have been cancelled - and you're encouraged to renew driver’s licences and make payments online - or through your autopac agent.

Smiley also says if you're driving less you might qualify for some discounts. He says for example, you can change your Autopac from basic to a lay-up option. This means your vehicle stays parked, but you're still covered for fire and theft.

Another option is flipping from all-purpose insurance to pleasure use. Smiley says you can contact your broker for details. 

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