Uninsured vehicle hits tree; starts on fire

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, April 7 2015

On Sunday, March 29, a vehicle went off of North Road near the Horseshoe Junction and struck a tree, after which said vehicle started on fire.

The driver of the vehicle was not seriously injured.

Photo courtesy Fire Chief Rick Jackson

Cpl. Markus Müntener, detachment commander for Gabriola RCMP, and Gabriola Fire Chief Rick Jackson, both confirmed the vehicle’s licence plates at the time of the accident were expired.

Müntener said speed and road conditions were a factor, “especially given the wet road conditions at the time.”

RCMP said tickets for the offenses could be issued against the driver, but none had been written at the time of press. Müntener said lapsed insurance and registration is something the RCMP does look at during check points, but the primary objective is to look for impaired drivers.

In 2015 so far, there have been seven instances of vehicles with no insurance being pulled over on Gabriola.

He said, “This is a higher average than last year, however, it is not clear if this is a trend or a small blip in the overall year.”

Tamara McLean, with the ICBC Communications Office, said there were 3,800 vehicles insured on Gabriola at the end of 2014, down from 3,900 in 2013 and 2012. 

ICBC annual statistics are rounded to the nearest hundred, include Autoplan and temporary policies, but do not include vehicles covered under storage policies.

McLean said ICBC does not have data available for the number of vehicles on BC roadways uninsured.