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MEET ME IN MOOSE JAW

SAAR has its sights set on Moose Jaw this year, as the repairers association gears up for its annual general meeting on March 11 and 12, 2022 at the Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa. “We are currently planning a fun event that will entertain and inform you while taking care of some SAAR business,” said SAAR director Tom Bissonnette. The event comes just a month after the organization held its Fall Forum—marking the first time the SAAR gang got together since March 2020.

UNDER LOCK AND KEY

Regina has seen an uptick in crime affecting the auto industry as of late, as five separate auto repair shops and dealerships have reported thefts at their businesses since August. In total, six vehicles have been stolen after keys were taken from the businesses’ customer drop boxes. In one case, a vehicle stolen from one of these businesses was used in the commission of later crimes and another was recovered outside Regina. Regina Police are advising business owners, particularly auto repair shops and dealerships, to reassess their key drop-off systems in order to prevent further thefts.

ELECTRIC ALLOWANCE

Saskatchewan’s controversial electric vehicle road-use fee came into effect on Oct. 1, requiring all EV drivers in the province to chip in $150 annually going forward. Saskatchewan Government Insurance says that the fee will be used to help maintain Saskatchewan’s roads and highways. As of Sept. 22, there were 611 electric vehicles registered in Saskatchewan, but not year-round in many cases. Drivers who register their vehicle for less than a year will have the $150 fee prorated based on the length of the term. Drivers can renew or register their vehicle in person at any motor licence issuer or online through MySGI. Drivers who register their vehicle using AutoPay will have the prorated fee included in their monthly withdrawals.

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