Penticton resolution passes at UBCM

The City of Penticton's resolution to restore full claim coverage by the Insurance Corp. of B.C. was passed by the Union of the B.C. Municipalities membership Sept. 24, 2014.

During the Wednesday morning session of the annual UBCM convention, members voted to send the following Penticton resolution to the province for consideration:

WHEREAS ICBC is no longer paying the full claims submitted by the municipalities for vehicular damage done to municipal infrastructure;

AND WHEREAS if the actual expenses are not fully recovered, the remainder will be borne by the municipal taxpayers;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to direct ICBC to reimburse the full costs of damages caused by their insured drivers.

Penticton's resolution had been endorsed by the Southern Interior Local Government Association, and the UBCM Resolutions Committee had recommended endorsement to the membership.

“The City of Penticton takes public safety and service to our residents very seriously, and that's why our crews go out in the middle of the night to clean up damage resulting from motor vehicle accidents,” said Mayor Garry Litke. “Covering overtime costs as part of vehicle claims is a long-time practice, as many accidents happen at night and on weekends when over-time is a necessity to ensure damage is repaired and the public is protected from further risks like fallen power lines. Our communities should not incur additional costs with a change in ICBC claims coverage.”