Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island -- November 26, 2013 -- The Government of Prince Edward Island is asking citizens to share their views on proposed automobile insurance reforms, according to Janice Sherry, Environment, Labour and Justice Minister.
â€œMy department has been working closely with the insurance industry to improve benefits and bring them in line with the rest of the region," said Minister Sherry. â€œWhile benefits are increased under these proposed reforms, we have received a commitment from the industry that rates will not increase.â€
There are two major changes. The cap on court awards for pain and suffering from minor personal injuries will be increased from $2,500 to $7,500. As well, the definition of minor personal injuries will be amended to include only strains, sprains and whiplash-associated disorders that do not result in a serious impairment. The second major proposal is to raise the amounts of no-fault accident benefits to the same levels as New Brunswick.
The department has published a consultation paper on the proposed reforms. It is available online at gov.pe.ca/consultations
. Paper copies are available by calling 368-6288.
Submissions should be made in writing by December 2, 2013. They may be madeelectronically to email@example.com or delivered to:
Department of Environment, Labour and Justice
Attention: Insurance Consultation
4th Floor Shaw, PO Box 2000