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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 06:00

R.A.G.E. Action Notice - June 18/14

rage logoThe SRRP Rate Recommendations have been forwarded to the Minister (Don something or other), who will present them to Cabinet for Acceptance or Rejection.  It is up to YOU, the Motorcyclists of Sask. to communicate with their MLA, the Minister, Cabinet and the Premier, to request they honor SGI's commitment to the motorcycle community to Not Raise Rates until the MC Review recommendations have been implemented and the results known!!

Cabinet must REJECT the Sask Rate Review Panel's recommendation!!

1.  Today – NOW – open an new email2.  In the “To” section, copy and paste the following Cabinet Members email addresses, as well as the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition.  These are the people deciding on the Sask Rate Review Recommendations presented to the Minister Responsible for SGI, Don McMorris.

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3.  We want to make sure we are sending a “similar consistent” message

4.  In the “Subject” area put something like:  2014 SGI Rate Review Recommendation Concerns

5.  In the body of your email (where your main message goes).  A consistent message is the key.   You can use your own words…or…part or all of the following:

Accept this as an expression of my concern with regard to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel’s Recommendations to the 2014 SGI Rate Review Proposal. 

1.       SGI Executive previously communicated to the Saskatchewan motorcycle community that motorcyclists would not see any further increases in rates until the Motorcycle Review Committee Recommendations have been approved, which they were. Motorcycle insurance rates went up as of August 2013 (a flat 15%...plus 1.23% Capital amount) in spite of SGI's comments. Motorcyclists had paid their fair share!!

2.       SGI Executive indicated that there would be no rate increases for motorcycles put forward by SGI until the Motorcycle Review Committee Recommendations were implemented and the results were known.  This item is in progress, however motorcycle insurances rate have been increased again, in spite of SGI's commitment. 

3.       SGI Executive stated to the media that they were pleased with the Motorcycle Committee Review recommendations and felt that once implemented the recommendations would likely make a significant difference to safety and accident rates.  Mr. Cartmell stated in a public press release that implementation of the recommendations would reduce death and injury from motorcycle crashes by 20 per cent.

4.       Motorcycle Learner Rates have already been given an approved increased from the $25 standard annual licensing fee to $500.00 annually for three years of the Motorcycle Graduated Learners Program!!   

Note: The rationale for these statements stemmed from the fact that  motorcycles have had a considerable number of hefty rate increases year after year since 2007.  

2007 – average increase of 15%  

2009 – average  increase of 25%

2012 – average increase of 30%

2013 – flat “across the board” increase of 15%

A quick example of what this means in real dollars (before admin fees and Capital fees):

Year 2007 – 751 to 1,000 CC

Cruiser

Sport

Dual Purpose / Other

2007 – average 15%

$1,125

$1,029

$1,023

2009 – average 25%

$1,293

$1,470

$1,176

2012 – average 30%

$1,405

$1,804

$1,267

2013 – flat 15%

$1,635

$2,100

$1,475

Result: 

1.       SGI has now increased motorcycle insurance rates TWICE after those initial statements/commitments were made publically by SGI's Executive. This is not good faith, the motorcycle committee has participated fully in

providing both Safety and Licensing Recommendations as requested by SGI.

2.       Saskatchewan motorcyclists have repeatedly asked SGI to stop using the general motorcycle communities license plate rates to cross-subsidize high-risk motorcycle drivers within the motorcycle insurance pool!

3.       Saskatchewan motorcyclists have repeatedly asked SGI to hold those motorcyclists accountable who are responsible for accidents, injury and escalating costs.

4.       Saskatchewan motorcyclists have also petitioned SGI to stop cross-subsidizing ALL High-risk Drivers (not just motorcyclists) by raising general Auto fund Rates. Accident, injury and deaths in Saskatchewan continue to climb, as evidence by recent advertisements from SGI, however High-risk Drivers rates in Saskatchewan are a fraction of what rates for chronic high-risk driver behaviors are in other provinces!!

Reject the Sask Rate Review Panel Recommendation, and Do Not Increase motorcycle insurance rate YET AGAIN, until the Motorcycle Review Recommendations are implemented and the results are known!!

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