Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
g _ THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursdoy, October 28, 1971 joins Saskatcheican Auto insurance becomes public utility WINNIPEG (CP) Sun- day. Nov. 1, the Manitoba government's public automo- bile insurance plan eomes into effect with its 4-ll.OCO captive customers, making Manitoba the second province to treat auto insurance as a public utility. Saskatchewan is the first. Implementation of the plan Autopac, "Protect- ing Manitobans on the Move" the culmination of IB months of strife between Ed Schreycr's NDP administra- tion and the iasurance indus- try, backed by the province's two opposition political par- ties. Implementation also has meant a massive job of ad- ministrative preparation for the Manitoba Public Insur- ance Corp., the Crown corpo- ration set up to administer the plan. On Nov. 1, all Manitoba drivers and their motor vehicles will be legally required to carry Autopac's basic coverage. It consists of third- party liability including pas- senger hazard; S200 deducti- ble all-perils coverage; death benefits up to dis- memberment or impairment benefits to and medical benefits to all on the no-fault principle; and loss of income compensation to a week up to 104 weeks for par- tial disability and with no time limit on total disability. BIG RATE SPREAD Autopac also offers supple- mentary options, to be sold in competition with private com- panies. Options available are or S50 deductible and or third-party liability. The compulsory coverage can cost as little as an- nually for someone insuring a 12-year-old one-ton farm truck south of the 53rd parallel and as much as for a U-drive truck used commercially. A point being debated be- tween the insurance industry and the government is whether all those motorists who fall between the two ex- tremes will, as advertised by government, pay less for their insurance under Autopac. For rating purposes, pas- senger vehicles are divided into nine categories, depend- ing on age and class of vehi- cle, the cheapest for 1959 or older cars. There also will be two rates determined by the purpose for wliich a passenger car is nor- mally used. The "preferred" rate will apply to cars driven for pleasure only by a person over 25 while the "all-pur- pose" rate will apply to vehi- cles driven to-and-from work, or driven or owned by persons under 25. The all-purpose group also will include cars formally classified as busi- ness vehicles. Depending on the make and vintage of a vehicle, the all- purpose rate will be anywhere from a Jew dollars to more than the preferred rate. RURAL RATES LOWEST Only one other factor, geog- raphy, will go into determin- ing rates for vehicle coverage under Autopac. Rural Manitoba drivers will get the cheapest rates with Greater Winnipeg next and Manitoba north of the 53rd parallel at the top. However, additional prem- iums will be levied on pur- Marriage ends for actress HOLLYWOOD (AP) Ac- tress Vera Miles has been granted a divorce which ended her 11-year marriage to Keith Larsen, a 47-year-old film pro- ducer. Superior Court Commissioner Victor Haytek, in granting the divorce, gave Miss Miles, 41, custody of the couple's 10-year- old son Erik. Haytek also evenly divided the couples assets, which included stocks, bonds, real estate and motion picture rights. The marriage was Miss Miles' third and Larscn's sec- ond. Impaired pilot is fined MEADOW LAKE, Sask. (CP) Gerald Jones 31, has been fined for impaired flying. Jones, from the Meadow Lake area of northern Sas- katchewan, was arrested in July after the RCMP observ- ed a plane flying in an erratic manner near tho Meadow Lake airstrip. The court was told the piano ran off the side of the run- way into tall grass, returned to the air and then landed normally. chase of all drivers' licences, whether or not the purchaser owns a car. Here, three more factors come into sex and driving record. Driver premiums are for males and 53 for females aged 25 or over and ?22 for males and for females under 25. Extra premiums will be lev- ied on a demerit system based on traffic offences, ranging from ?50 for six de- merit points to for 20 points or more. Highest demerits, 15 points each, are for conviction for criminal negligence or leaving the scene of an accident. About two per cent of drivers have six or more demerits on their records. Accidents, unless resulting in a conviction that brings de- merit points to more than six, are not considered in setting Autopac rates. However, Mu- nicipal Affairs Minister How- ard Pawley, who is responsi- ble for Autopac, says the cor- poration will reserve the right to levy additional premiums on accident-prone drivers after the plan becomes lional. An example of rales under Autopac's rate-setting formula is supplied by a fictional 30- year-old man with fewer than six demerit points who lives in rural Manitoba and drives his 1959 Chevrolet sedan for pleasure only. He will receive the pre- ferred rate because of his age and the fact he drives his car for pleasure only, while his 12-year-old vehicle will fall into the cheapest category. He thus will pay for basic coverage, made up of for vehicle insurance and with the drivers' permit. On the other extreme, a 22- year-old who lives in the northern city of Thompson, drives his 1971 Porsche to work, has had several acci- denls in the last year but no demerits, will pay for basic vehicle insurance and on his lie ence. That the young driver of the luxury car in Thompson will save money under Autopac is readily agreed to by both gov- ernment and insurance indus- try spokesmen. Where agreement is hard to find is on the more typical drivers, the mature motorist with an accident-free record, SAVINGS DISPUTED When the Schrcycr govern- ment embarked on its auto in- surance plan last year, gov- ernment spokesmen forecast aggregate savings of 15 per cent for motorists. Since then, with each un- veiling of rates, government estimates of savings have ranged from five to 35 per cent and these estimates have been backed up by compari- sons with what were said to be private company rates. Not to be outdone, the pri- vate companies have argued that half the prov- ince's drivL'rs will pay as much or more Autopac, and they have uroduced com- parative rates as well. One company, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance, published newspaper advertisements comparing some of its rates with those offered by Autopac. The eight specific cases listed were from to ?7 cheaper than Autopac. The government's answer was lhat Wawanesa was using preferred rates, available to only a fraction of the motor- ing public. What became clear from the continuing debate was that a generalization, one way or the other, was difficult to make, particularly since pri- vate companies never offered coverage identical to that proffered by Autopac. However, with Autopac re- moving most of the complex classifications used by private companies and lifting some of tho penalties on young driv- ers, the plan will probably mean savings for the tri- dent-prone and the young while the middle-aged driver with the spotless record may pay as much or more. Film board entry best YORKTON, Sask. (CP) Blake, entered by the National Film Board, was judged the best film at Yorkton's llth bi- ennial interactional documen- tary festival. Frank Mcrriss, one of the three adjudicators, present- ed Al Palmer of Calgary, re- gional manager of the National Film Board, with the golden sheaf, the highest award of the festival. Blake was also named the best social science film and was awarded the best direct- ing award. The film was produced and directed by Bill Mason of the National Film Board at Mont- real. Other National Film Board winners were: Color It Living, the Best physical science film; Taxi, tire best edited film, and Les Fleurs de MacAdam, the best in animation. WORLD OF SHOES 317A C''TH STREET SOUTH Car firm cuts big tools order WOLFSBURG, West Germany (AP) Volkswagenwerk AG. has cancelled multi-million-dol- lar orders for machine tools In line with its new program of drastic reductions in capital spending, a company spokes- man said today. While the spokesman declined to give figures, it is reliably un- derstood that the orders can- celled total around million. It was also understood that the machine tools ordered at various West German manufac- turers were for a new model se- ries that tlie company earlier planned to market in 1973. CLEAN WINDOWS STORM WINDOWS CARPETS FLOORS WALLS CEILINGS JANITOR SERVICES Commercial and Domestic BONDED INSURED QUALITY WORKMANSHIP WE'RE PROUD OF OUR REPUTATION FAIR SERVICES PHONE 327-1272 Vbu're milesahead at NOW AT FIRESTONE STORES or participating Dealers Open Daily 8 am. to p.m. Corner of 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S.