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Top ten excuses BC RCMP officers get from driver's with no insurance


After a massive string of fines for drivers without insurance in the Kootenays, the BC RCMP's Highway Patrol has compiled the top ten terrible excuses it gets from drivers without insurance.

Officers handed out fines of $598 to 177 people in the Kootenays for driving without insurance between Dec. 1, 2023, and Jan. 11, 2024.

These are the most common excuses police get from uninsured drivers:

  1. I am on the way to purchase insurance right now.
  2. I forgot.
  3. I don’t have a decal anymore.
  4. My insurance is paid for automatically, so I thought I didn’t need to renew.
  5. The registered owner is my mom, dad or friend and it’s their job.
  6. This is a company vehicle.
  7. My vehicle is actually insured, but I don’t have the documents.
  8. I cancelled the credit card that was making the preauthorized payments.
  9. I know I don’t have insurance, but I really needed to go somewhere.
  10. ICBC never sent me a reminder.

“Drivers should think about the risks of operating without insurance which include paying a significant fine, being financially responsible for a collision, and expensive towing costs,” RCMP Insp. Chad Badry said in the release.

“There is a risk of a driver’s license suspension or increased sanctions in court for repeat offences.”

Police advise drivers to always check to make sure their insurance is valid and in the vehicle before driving, and set calendar reminders to renew it when it is going to expire.

RCMP also point out that insurance can often be renewed online.

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