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ICBC may terminate road safety programs

RICHMOND, B.C. -- As the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) continues to re-evaluate its role as an insurance provider,...


RICHMOND, B.C. — As the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) continues to re-evaluate its role as an insurance provider, the City of Richmond is lobbying the corporation to continue promoting road safety.

The city is trying to convince ICBC that the $1.1 million annually spent on local traffic safety programs is well worth the investment, but city officials fear that money could be slashed as the corporation trims the fat.

“Based on the pronouncements that have come from government and from ICBC … I guess they’re getting out of the programs they consider non-essential,” voiced concern city spokesman, Ted Townsend.

ICBC is reluctant to speculate on the future of programs such as the Road Safety Improvement Program, which helps fund traffic safety audits and studies and infrastructure improvements.

“At the moment, ICBC is committed to its road safety partnerships,” says ICBC spokesman, Hal Wake. “How this will be affected by the various reviews, remains to be seen.”


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