April 20, 2011 – Reducing pollution is important to Saskatchewan drivers and the Saskatchewan Government is making it easier to make environmentally friendly choices by delivering SGI rebates for fuel-efficient vehicles.
“Vehicles that use less fuel are better for family budgets and better for the environment,” said Tim McMillan, who serves as the Minister responsible for SGI. “The Saskatchewan Government is making the environmentally friendly choice an even better deal with the Go Green rebate that lowers insurance bills by 20 per cent for fuel-efficient vehicles.”
The rebate applies to all hybrid vehicles, as well as vehicles meeting Transport Canada’s ecoAUTO thresholds for fuel efficiency, for model years 2006 and newer. Owners of hybrid and qualifying fuel-efficient vehicles will receive a 20 per cent rebate on their 2010 Auto Fund insurance and registration costs.
Approximately 14,000 vehicle owners will receive an average rebate of about $210 this year. Last year, 10,750 customers received rebates averaging $195. Customers will receive their rebate cheques by early May.
“It’s very encouraging to see the number of ‘green’ vehicle owners receiving a rebate has grown each year,” said Minister McMillan. “It is good for our environment and it is good for our economy.”
“Each year, we’ve seen an increase in the number of vehicle owners who qualified for the green rebate,” McMillan said. “There are more ‘green’ vehicles on the road, and that benefits everyone in our province.”
The Green Rebate program was launched in 2008 as part of the Saskatchewan Government’s Go Green plan to help Saskatchewan residents make environmentally friendly choices.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province’s self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. www.sgi.sk.ca