Forty-three insurance claims have been received by ICBC so far due to the rash of wildfires in our province.
Customers who are currently on evacuation alert can still renew their insurance up to 55 days before it expires.
Additional relief for motorists is also on the way according to spokesperson Joanna Linsangan.
“If you have damaged your vehicle because you’ve been ordered to leave your home and have had to use non-traditional roads. We are waving that deductible depending on the type of coverage that you purchased for your vehicle and the fee that could be waived could be between $200 to maybe even $1,000.”
Even if you have an uninsured vehicle or have lost your license in one of the fires, you’re not entirely out of luck.
“If you have to move it to safety, what you can purchase is called a temporary operating permit and that’ll allow you to have coverage for your vehicle while you’re driving it out to a safe place,” says Linsangan. “For those whose license is set to expire soon or if you have lost your license in the fire, please do call us and we can send you a temporary license to an alternate mailing address for free and you can use that during the crisis.”
For customers with claims
A dedicated team is handling insurance claims related to the fire. To make a claim, you can file online by clicking here.
Purchasing or renewing insurance
ICBC customers who purchased a storage policy will have their vehicles covered if it is damaged by the fire.
All road tests in areas affected by the fires have also been cancelled and will be re-booked once everything is back to normal.
Motorists should avoid affected regions and if a road is closed, back up and use another route.
For evacuation alerts and orders, you can check Emergency Info BC’s website.
For road conditions, visit DriveBC.ca.