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ICBC selling insurance to unlicensed drivers

Insurer panned for 'dangerous' practice

An Indonesian immigrant says he wants to know why the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is selling car insurance to people who are not legally allowed to drive in B.C., but won't cover their costs if they get in an accident.

The practice came to light after a Vancouver man with an Indonesian driver's licence was insured by ICBC to drive a new leased vehicle, then denied coverage for an accident when it was discovered he had lived in the province much longer than 90 days without getting a B.C. driver's licence.

"I make it clear to the insurance broker: I don't have any B.C. licence and I live in Vancouver more than five years," said Puadudin Samin.

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