One of the ways that Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) encourages safe driving is through their Driver Safety Rating (DSR) system. The DSR scale has 36 levels and your position on the scale depends on your driving history.
Driving safely will move you up the scale, which in turn will save you money on the cost of your driver’s license. According to MPI’s website, drivers can save up to 33% on vehicle premiums and an additional $30 in savings on their driver’s license premiums. High risk drivers can end up paying $2,500 for their driver’s license premium if they consistently demonstrate high risk driving behaviour.
See MPI’s DSR scale below:
You live in Manitoba and hold a valid Manitoba Driver’s License
Your DSR and premiums will change based on your driving record each year. Your driving record includes traffic convictions, at-fault claims, or drug related administrative suspensions. You will save between 5% – 33% on your vehicle premiums and an additional $30 off the full $45 on your driver’s license premiums.
You’re a new Manitoban driver with your first Driver’s Licence
If you are a new driver, you start at the ‘base’ level on the DSR scale for both your vehicle and driver’s license premiums. After that, for each incident free year of safe driving, you will move your way up the scale and see more savings. Unsafe driving will cost you – driver’s who demonstrate high-risk driving behaviors will move down the scale and be charged a higher premium.
Each year, MPI will send driver’s a notice showing you where you are on the scale and what your premium will be the following year. A year is a 12-month assessment period that ends 47 days prior to your anniversary day. Your anniversary day is four months after your birthday. You can start your annual Autopac coverage any time during the year but it will always expire at the end of the day before your anniversary day.
Each year of safe driving = one level up the scale. Starting at the base level, each year of safe driving will move you one level up the scale and save you even more on your driver’s licence and vehicle premiums.
Changing to safe driving moves you way up the scale. If you’re in the negative on the scale and you’ve had a history of high-risk driving, changing your driving behaviour will raise your DSR substantially. For example, a driver with an active licence who is at level –20 will move up the scale by seven levels for one year of safe driving.
This section was taken directly from the Driver Safety Rating page on the MPI website. The DSR brochure can be viewed on the MPI website here
Each at-fault claim in the past year lowers your DSR by five levels.
Depending on the circumstances, you may choose to “buy back” your claim so that it doesn’t affect your DSR. A buy back is like undoing your claim by reimbursing any money paid by Manitoba Public Insurance for repairing your vehicle and other vehicles and property damaged in the accident, and for injuries from the accident. People buy back their claims for several reasons:
Sometimes it’s more cost-effective for you to pay to have the vehicle fixed rather than file a claim. You can buy back any claim at any time and your adjuster can assist you.
It depends on how serious the conviction is. The more serious the conviction, the more you’ll move down the scale. Here are some examples:
If you receive either a Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension or a three-month Administrative Licence Suspension, you will move down the scale five levels. Some examples of why you would receive an administrative suspension are:
Your vehicle premium discount is determined by your DSR, which is based on your driving history and driving behaviour for the year prior to your anniversary day. Any at-fault claims or traffic convictions since your last anniversary day will not impact your DSR — or your vehicle premium discount — until your next anniversary day.
Want to know your DSR? Try MPI’s new Driver Safety Rating Calculator. It only takes a few minutes to see how your driving behaviour can affect the premiums you pay.