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Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson calls for free windshield rock chip repairs

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson is calling on the province to require ICBC to restore free rock chip filling in British Columbia.

Untreated rock chips are a major road safety issue, says Simpson

Quesnel's mayor is calling on provincial government to require ICBC to cover rock chip filing

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson is calling on the province to require ICBC to restore free rock chip filling in British Columbia.

The popular program for northern drivers was discontinued in 2001 as a cost saving measure.

"That would allow us here to continue to have our windshields repaired on a regular basis — not leading to cracks in the windshield and then not, of course, having to replace the windshield on an annual or sometimes semi-annual basis."

Currently, ICBC does not cover rock chip filing, but it does cover full windshield replacement every two years.

Simpson said it is rare to drive around northern B.C. towns and not see cars with completely cracked windshields. That's because gravel is often used to de-ice the roads. In some cases, large chunks of the material piles up on roadsides and can be launched at windshields when run over by passing vehicles. This often causes windshields to crack, creating visibility problems. 

"It really is leading to a dangerous situation for ICBC saving a few dollars. It's actually a very good safety and preventative program that ICBC cut," he said.

Simpson said most people who want to drive safely actually fix the chips themselves at their own expense.

Chip filling ranges in cost from $10 to $50 per chip.

Quesnel sponsors resolution for municipalities meeting

The City of Quesnel has sponsored a resolution for the upcoming Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting that kicks off on Monday in Vancouver.

If a majority of the UBCM delegates approve the motion, it will be passed on to the provincial government.

ICBC did not provide information on how much this would cost to Quesnel for its resolution.

The UBCM executive has endorsed the resolution. It has also recommended municipal leaders support a resolution to reduce the size of gravel used on roads across the province. 


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