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WATCH: Province tries to crack down on tow truck drivers

Liberals try to make-good on lowering insurance rates

The province is calling it the Roadside Assistance Protection Act, a piece of legislation aimed at curbing fraud in the tow truck industry. The Liberal government also hopes this will help reduce your car insurance rates.

Minister of Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles says this legislation would force tow truck drivers to get permission from you before they do anything, publicly post prices, accept credit card payments and give you itemized invoices.

It would also regulate the industry.

MacCharles says she's heard horror stories from those who needed a tow, some facing demands of paying hundreds of dollars in cash from towers before a service is even performed.

She points out the cost of premiums is tied to how much claims are, so if a claim like a towing charge is needless high, your insurance will suffer.

The province is trying to make good on a promise to reduce car insurance rates by an average of 15 per cent over two years.

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  1. john posted on 04/15/2014 11:21 AM
    The province is trying to make good on a promise to reduce car insurance rates by an average of 15 per cent over two years. yea right ! the only way thay are going do that is to force insurance compenys to lower there prices and put a cap on it as well as set it up so thay cant rise the prices before it kicks in . ( thay can do that thay just dont have the balls to do it . ) and if they dont like it then will get kicked out of the province . the liberals only care about themselves not about the province like thay claim . time to get rid of these jokers before it is too latte .
    1. Translator posted on 04/15/2014 02:24 PM
      @john I speak 8 languages. This garble cannot be translated.
      Have some respect for others on here and stop submitting such garbage.
    2. Angry Bill posted on 04/16/2014 09:30 AM
      @Translator I've come to john's defense in the past, even though I'm not at the same place on the political spectrum as he is. I'll do so again. Don't be an ass. This is the best john can do. I bet you'd belittle someone in a wheelchair for not being able to climb steps, because you climb 8 steps every day. Not that john's in a wheelchair, but you get the point. Not everyone is an erudite, scholarly individual.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 04/17/2014 10:21 AM
      @Translator I'll raise you one BILL.
      If you get the gist of the comment, or you get the idea- them respond in kind.
      I'm really getting tired of the grammar nazis trolling around here using idiotic IDs that keep changing everyday. That may be the case here too.

      Take your own advice, and keep your garbage to yourself. I know we're all about sharing opinions- but the type of crap you're spewing is what we don't need.
  2. Frankie posted on 04/15/2014 11:28 AM
    How about focusing on "fraud" at Queen's Park and the governing Liberal party? That's where the real savings would come for Ontarians.
  3. Mark7 posted on 04/15/2014 02:27 PM
    John for mayor and premier and prime minister and president and world ruler.
    Only John can speak with such clarity.
  4. john posted on 04/15/2014 03:11 PM
    1th the sarcasm is overwhelming realy it is . ( NOT ! )

    2nd if i was mayor this city would be in way better shape than it was then all of the mayors . i cant be a politician i would have a hard time lying . i cant lie .
    1. Translator posted on 04/15/2014 04:04 PM
      @john As Far as "i cant lie".
      Possibly.
      Not speaking English?
      Definitely.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/17/2014 10:27 AM
      @john Ah....donny p. is back at it again....don't bother quibble with a nut-job john. I'm sure his psycho-therapists tried, but they couldn't do any better.
    3. john posted on 04/17/2014 11:22 AM
      @Karl Burgin na he is just pissed cause he made a pass at me and i did not except it . he has a hard time understanding i don't swing that way . i am not offended by it .
  5. Angry Bill posted on 04/16/2014 09:37 AM
    I have actively disliked these tow truck racketeers for decades. All of them desperately need a good shot to the temple with a nail gun, in my opinion.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/17/2014 10:29 AM
      @Angry Bill I would personally go with the taser- but to each, his own. ;p
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