B.C. Caps Vicarious Liability

The B.C. government has capped vicarious liability at Cdn$1 million for car rental companies and their insurers.

Changes will limit companies’ liability to $1 million for bodily injury and property damage claims and shift some responsibility to the driver, B.C.’s attorney general said in a press release.

The rental and leasing companies within the province currently face unlimited liability for accidents caused by their customers.

It is estimated that one-third of the vehicles on B.C. roads are leased.

The government said the changes were needed to bring B.C. in line with other jurisdictions and that the proposed law will help keep key businesses like car rental companies in the province to support major industries such as tourism, according to B.C. officials in a press release.

The U.S. eliminated vicarious liability for leasing and rental companies in 2005, and Ontario passed similar legislation last year.

Some B.C. drivers reportedly still carry only the basic minimum third-party liability coverage of $200,000.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

 
 

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Trump and Regulations: An Alt-Fuel View

With 2025 emissions targets back in review, manufacturers, alt-fuel, and alt-power suppliers weigh in on the potential impacts of Trump’s initiatives.

Why GM’s Telematics Announcement is a Really Big Deal

Enabling a telematics connection at the factory — and not through an aftermarket hardware installation — is a game changer for fleets.

Four Thoughts From the 2016 Conference Calls

Sifting through the notes of Avis Budget Group’s and Hertz Global Holdings’ recent fourth quarter conference calls give us some trend lines to watch out for in 2017. (Of course, this gives us an incomplete snapshot, as Enterprise Holdings is privately held.)

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.

>