Big Merger Complements New Trucking Safety Program

Formerly competitors in the insurance marketplace, Safety Insurance Service (1959) Ltd. and Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc. have joined forces to become the largest trucking insurance brokerage in Canada.

With more than $100 million in the sector, the trucking divisions of both firms will take on the name Safety Insurance Group and operate as a specialty division under the JDIMI group of companies.

“With our combined volume of business, our brokerage has moved up to the #1 spot in the transportation insurance sector,” says Glenn Murray, Partner at JDIMI and Safety.

“We have created a mega trucking insurance brokerage, with 20 dedicated Advisors that specialize in providing innovative insurance solutions for companies hauling various commodities. When you consider what is included with our clients’ insurance needs, the new Safety Insurance Group is really a “one-stop shop” for the trucking industry.” 

JDIMI recently rolled out a new trucking fleet safety program to help clients keep pace with North America’s continuously changing transportation regulations.

As a leading provider of insurance to long-haul trucking clients, the brokerage has enlisted the expertise of fleet safety consultant, Brian Botham, President of CMV Safety Consulting Inc., who has 25 years of experience facilitating safety programs across Canada and is certified as a safety specialist.

“He is widely recognized for his expertise,” says Murray. He says the brokerage introduced the program after working with Botham for the past year. “A state-of-the-art trucking safety program and insurance should go hand in hand. It’s a marriage that just makes sense.”

The safety program is being touted as a “one-stop shop” for the trucking industry through which both insurance solutions and fleet safety consulting services will be provided.

“Our main focus is to offer guidance to trucking operations and their employees to ensure compliance with safety standards, improve their business operations and boost their productivity while keeping their insurance costs low,” says Botham, adding that already clients have “responded overwhelmingly . . .it seems to be the way of the future.”

To assess a fleet, Botham attends the client’s site and reviews operations based on a10-point criteria that runs the gamut from equipment safety to record-keeping and even the attitude and approach the management demonstrates regarding the importance of safety compliance.

The assessment takes roughly four hours and Botham subsequently works closely with the client to ensure any additional measures to achieve compliance are taken.

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