Safe Driver Recognition changes effective this October
Sept. 6, 2016
Changes to SGI's Safe Driver Recognition (SDR) program take effect Oct. 12, 2016.
The program was implemented in 2002 to reward safe drivers and encourage risky drivers to change their behaviour. SGI began reviewing the program in 2012, seeking feedback from customers, stakeholders and employees. Recommendations for both bigger discounts and tougher penalties were approved by government late last year.
Another significant change to the program is harsher penalties for speeding convictions. In 2014, 30 people were killed and 872 injured in 1,954 speed-related collisions in Saskatchewan.
“Speeding increases your risk of being in a collision,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “We see this play out time and time again in Saskatchewan. Tougher consequences under the SDR program should help ensure speeders get the message to slow down.”
Drivers will now lose points for all speeding convictions (except photo speed enforcement convictions) and in some cases the number of points a driver loses for a speeding infraction is increasing.
Other details include:
- The safety rating scale will grow by one point a year for the next five years, from +20 to +25. As the scale grows, drivers with the safest records will earn higher discounts on their vehicle insurance, reaching 25% when the scale reaches its maximum in 2020 (from the current 20%)
- Financial penalties will double from $25 to $50 per point in the penalty zone
- Drivers responsible for collisions will lose points based on the seriousness of the collision – 4 points for claim payouts under $700 and 6 points for claim payouts of $700 or more
“When you get behind the wheel of a car, the decisions you make can be literally life or death for you, your passengers and other people on the road. It’s a responsibility we all need to understand and take seriously. Our intention in strengthening the SDR program is to better recognize those of you who have done that, and to give everyone else more reason to think about the choices they’re making when they drive,” Cartmell said.
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 nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.