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New ICBC pilot project will monitor behaviours of new drivers

Last Updated Jul 30, 2019 at 11:03 pm PST


A new pilot project from ICBC will monitor the driving behaviours of participating new drivers

The pilot will begin in November and run for a year

Participation will not impact insurance premiums, but participants can be rewarded with gift cards for good scores

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – In an effort to improve road safety, ICBC is kicking off a one-year pilot project designed to monitor the behaviour of new drivers.

The Techpilot Project, which begins in November, will include as many as 7,000 drivers. It is a telematic device installed in your vehicle and paired with your smartphone. It monitors driving behaviours such as speeding, braking patterns and the level of distracted driving and provides an overall score.

ICBC President and CEO Nicolas Jimenez says the program is focusing on drivers with less than four years of experience.

“The unfortunate reality is that inexperienced drivers are about three-and-a-half times more likely to be in a crash,” says Jimenez. “And when they’re in a crash, those crashes tend to be more serious.”

This risk decreases gradually as drivers gain more experience behind the wheel.

In a release, North Vancouver MLA Bowinn Ma says this is just one way ICBC is looking to improve the driving experience and auto insurance.

“This pilot will help us reward the kind of good driving behaviour that is critical to making B.C. roads safer for all users,” she says.

Participation in the pilot will not impact the insurance premiums of those involved. Instead, participants can receive gift cards to popular retailers and restaurants if they have a good overall score.

Drivers can sign up here to be a part of the pilot.


– With files from Lasia Kretzel