Insurance Companies around the world have and are conducting studies into this technology. The data and facts are; this technology saves lives, and it eliminates and reduces injuries and accidents. A clear majority of these systems are connected to the windshield and a replacement of the windshield requires a skilled trades person to perform the work. In addition to the installation process, the recalibration of the ADAS system itself is crucial. *** Being the only jurisdiction in North America that has Government Certified Auto Glass Installers, with ICBC being a Crown Corporation in both a monopoly and dominant market position – British Columbia can potentially have the safest roads in North America.
The BC Auto Glass Alliance will make this common public knowledge. Our Industry, with the Government and ICBC have a responsibility to ensure the safety of British Columbians.
The responsibility is obvious and undeniable. The opportunity should also be clear to all parties involved but as not to assume the obvious, the facts are as follows. ICBC has recently suffered significant losses and has now for several years been unable to control expenses regarding bodily injury, and loss of life claims. The BCAGA is not able to investigate the specifics into the losses. However, it is very simple math to recognize that if a vehicle has an ADAS system and is 38% less likely to be in an accident that this technology will save ICBC money, and most importantly it will save lives!
The fact is, if windshields and back-glasses throughout the Province of BC are replaced by Government Certified Installers our roads will be safer and there will be a reduction in accidents. As the technology becomes even more mainstream the benefit only grows. The BCAGA recognizes that this is a win for the public; it is a win for ICBC; it is a win for the Government of BC; and our Industry is fortunate to have Government Certified Installers able to perform such a vital and skilled job.
What is unfortunate is ICBC, through it’s dominant market position, and fiscal mismanagement, has supressed the door rate (labour rate) of this vital Government certified Skilled Trade. The Auto Glass Industry is predominately made up of Independent Auto Glass Shops throughout the Province. The positive being these small business owners employ a skilled position, and provide gainful and fulfilling employment to these individuals. They are members of the community and have been part of the economic engine of the Province of BC. The negative being this group of business owners is an easy target in comparison to other entities and sectors under the umbrella of ICBC. This has allowed ICBC to suppress the door rate now going back over 20 years. This has resulted in a critical shortage of individuals in the trade, as business owners have attempted to remain profitable within the framework of operating a business under these conditions.
The BCAGA believes that the NDP Government, and the board of Directors not only have the power and authority to intervene BUT can champion and partner with the BCAGA to ensure that these business owners, Government Certified Skilled trades people, and the Industry as a whole is able to recognize the responsibility and opportunity that exists today. This can be accomplished by a strategic investment into the Auto Glass Industry, fulfilling the promises of job creation in the Trades, Safety first, and investing in BC. The BC Auto Glass Alliance is steadfast in it’s belief that, armed with the facts, the Government, and ICBC will make the necessary investment and operational changes required.
The BCAGA is confident that, with the support of Government and ICBC, the financial investments required to purchase equipment for recalibrating ADAS systems, and to recruit and hire for this Government Certified trade, will be made possible on a go forward basis. The alternative is irresponsible and unacceptable. It will result in very predictable outcomes. To reiterate the NDP and Board of Directors at ICBC have the power and authority to act. ICBC is in a dominate position and can ultimately work with the Auto Glass Industry to save lives and money. The industry itself have Government Certified Auto Glass Installers and an Industry led program with training, development, and audit capacities. The simple facts are the current situation should not exist and it is not only imperative, but also the responsibility of Government to intervene and act appropriately. The BCAGA will facilitate this process and ensure that both the gravity of the situation as well as the time sensitive nature is understood.
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