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April 29, 2005


The city council of Vancouver, BC, unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday, asking the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia -- the Crown corporation that provides most car insurance in the province -- to introduce pay-as-you-drive (PAYD) insurance. PAYD insurance is a powerful way to improve transportation, save lives and money, and reduce energy use and air pollution. The Province reports.

Some of the reader responses to this article are negative. PAYD guru Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute writes, "Many [readers] have the impression that most motorists would end up paying more . . . rather than less, and that rural residents would pay significantly more (only those who drive more than average among rural residents would pay more, half of rural residents would save)." Besides, PAYD would be optional.

P.S. Blowing-my-own-horn alert. The inspiration for this resolution? "A number of councillors heard of the idea at a TransLink workshop." Who gave that presentation? Me.

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Hey congratulations, Alan! In fact, "w00t!" since we're online and all.

What's your sense of how (soon) this might trickle down to Seattle? Planning any informational camp-outs at PEMCO?

Posted by: Michael | Apr 29, 2005 10:21:05 AM

A couple years ago, NEW and a few partners had discussions with Safeco. The meetings advanced the issue but didn't prove fruitful immediately. I've never spoken with PEMCO. Someone should!

I do know that some PAYD possibilities are brewing in Oregon and Washington but, unfortunately, I only learned these things after being sworn to secrecy. Sorry.

Posted by: Alan Durning | Apr 29, 2005 10:46:41 AM

Brewing sounds good to me (especially this close to my end-of-week beer). I won't press for details, since there's an oath of secrecy involved.

Posted by: Michael | Apr 29, 2005 2:42:27 PM

Now keep the momentum going! On to "Freebates"!

Posted by: Michelle Parker | Apr 29, 2005 6:53:51 PM