Government eliminates injury benefits for auto thieves
May 11, 2011
Convicted car thieves no longer have access to auto injury benefits through SGI, effective immediately.
The amendments to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act introduced last week by government were passed today in the Legislative Assembly.
"I am very pleased that we were able to make these changes so quickly during this legislative session," said Minister Responsible for SGI Tim McMillan. "This ensures that convicted auto thieves will no longer benefit from the auto insurance paid for by law-abiding SGI customers."
Under the new legislation, anyone convicted of stealing a vehicle involved in a crash, or convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle involved in a collision, will not have access to any auto injury benefits through SGI. This includes benefits such as income replacement, rehabilitation or a lump-sum payment if they suffer a permanent impairment such as scarring or loss of a limb.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of more than 400 motor licence issuers across the province.