Some news out of Manitoba proves once again that it pays to join your local motorcycle association. We’re not talking about your neighbourhood-unfriendly outlaw motorcycle gang, we’re talking about organizations like the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups (CMMG) who’ve just snagged a 45 per cent rebate on 2009-2010 insurance rates for bikers.
The rebate comes as the province’s government-run provincial insurance group, known as Manitoba Public Insurance, or MPI, hands out rebates following a Public Utilities Board ruling that all vehicles, not just passenger cars or commercial vehicles, receive a hefty rebate on their insurance rates.
The CMMG says this is due in part to their lobbying at board hearings. â€¨â€¨MPI has to pay up by May 31 this year, according to the board’s order.â€¨â€¨ This isn’t the first time the CMMG has fought public insurance over insurance issues; the Coalition claims their work was responsible for reducing motorcycle insurance rates over past years, for removing 145 motorcycle models from the high-premium sport bike category, introducing optional protective gear coverage, and initiating motorcycle training and awareness programs.
Now, if only Quebec had a motorcyclist group that was as effective…