Saskatchewan and Manitoba move forward on new vehicle registration agreement

August, 2007 – Commercial vehicle owners in several communities on both sides of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border will benefit from a new vehicle registration agreement for commercial vehicles, which is effective Aug. 1.

The new reciprocal agreement will allow commercial trucks, buses and taxis to operate within 16 km of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border without having to pay for two vehicle registrations or a single trip permit.

“We are very pleased to partner with our eastern neighbours on this initiative as it provides customers on both sides of the border with a faster, more efficient way to do business,” Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Harry Van Mulligen said.

“This plan makes sense for border communities and business vehicle owners who will have less paperwork and reduced fees,” Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Lemieux said. “We are streamlining this service for commercial vehicles in Manitoba communities such as Flin Flon, Roblin and Russell so they can operate in a designated zone without paying two vehicle registration fees.”

More information is available from SGI motor licence issuers or by calling SGI’s Customer Service Centre at 1-800-667-9868.

About SGI

SGI was created in 1945 and has evolved into two distinct operations.

The Saskatchewan Auto Fund is the province’s compulsory auto insurance program, operating the driver’s licensing and vehicle registration system. The Auto Fund is financially self-sustaining, operating on a break-even basis over time. It does not receive money from, nor pay dividends to, the government.

SGI CANADA is fully competitive, selling property and casualty insurance products such as home, farm, business and extension auto. SGI CANADA currently operates in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

For more information, visit www.sgi.sk.ca