Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is changing its rules for temporary registration permits in an effort to reduce the number of people trying to tamper with the system.
MPI spokesperson Brian Smiley told 680 CJOB that, as of Monday, clients will be limited to one temporary registration permit for a maximum of seven days. Previously, they could purchase three passes for 30 days.
“Temporary registration passes still have to be displayed on the windshield as we do today, however, going forward, customers (also) will be required to place a temporary registration plate in the back of their vehicle. I hope they comply.”
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Smiley said the backboards will be rolled out gradually, and MPI is following in the footsteps of a number of US jurisdictions, but it will be the first to use panels in Canada.
Smiley said that in many cases, MPI has found that vehicles using temporary passes often misuse the system – and that cars with temporary insurance information tend to be in more collisions.
“In one case, a Toyota minivan had five different owners and was on the road with temporary registration permits for more than 300 days in 2019,” he said.
“We also noted that many of these vehicles that were on the road using temporary registration permits had a much higher claim rate than other vehicles, which means that they were in more collisions than armored vehicles.”
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