OLDER DRIVERS SAY HIGHER INSURANCE RATES AMOUNT TO AGE DISCRIMINATION

Nov 22, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Should older drivers be charged more for vehicle insurance?

That’s the subject of an Ontario human-rights hearing that begins in Toronto on Thursday.

In his complaint, 92-year-old Denis Olorenshaw is arguing that higher premiums based on a driver’s plus-80 status amounts to age discrimination.  He says, “my daughter, who lives in the same condominium as I do, has exactly the same car as I do, and we purchased those  cars at the same time from Toyota.  Her premium was $250 less than mine.”

He says there’s no evidence the elderly pose more risk on the roads.

The company, Western Assurance, argues the Supreme Court has ruled higher premiums based on age can be justified.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has set aside two days for the hearing.

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