Effective January first of this year, the definition of an antique vehicle changed from vehicles thirty years old and older to vehicles that are model year 1987 and older.
This change means vehicles with a model year of 1988 and newer will not be eligible for antique use.
The change, according to SGI's Chief Operating Officer of the Auto Fund Penny McCune, is about addressing an imbalance. She says the intent of the Antique Vehicles Use Class was to accommodate vintage vehicles that were used infrequently for events like parades and other special occasions. However, they are seeing more and more antique-registered vehicles driven as regular use vehicles and SGI says because they are insured at such a low cost, this does not adequately provide for the injury and liability claim payouts in the event of a collision.
Dave Peters is the Treasurer of the Eliminators Car Club in Swift Current. He says, "For us, this doesn't really change anything. Ya know, when I read this, I don't see any issues with it because all they're doing is cleaning it up."
The number of vehicles registered as antique in Saskatchewan has increased by 55% over the past five years.
The change does not impact antique vehicles currently registered.