Personal Automobile Class Definitions

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In reference to automobile insurance, there are many different rate classifications that exist. Insurance Companies rate and subsequently charge a premium based on how your vehicle is being used. The more frequent the vehicle is being driven or used, the higher the premium charged to account for the increased exposure and possibility of a claim.


Although there is some variation in class definitions among Alberta automobile Insurers, there are many that are considered to be standard. We thought that it would be beneficial to define some of the most common:


Class 01 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator must be 25 years of age, or older
– The vehicle may not be used for professional or vocational purposes
– The vehicle may have only two drivers, excluding Occasional Drivers
– Each driver must be licenced for a minimum of three years
– The vehicle may not be driven to work
– The vehicle may be driven a maximum of 16,000km per year


Class 02 – Commuting/Pleasure


– Principal operator must be 25 years of age, or older
– The vehicle may have only two drivers, excluding Occasional Drivers
– The vehicle may be driven a maximum of 25km to work, one way


Class 03 – Commuting/Pleasure


– Principal operator must be 25 years of age, or older
– Business use for dentists, doctors, lawyers or professional engineers
– No drivers under 25 years of age unless a separate Occasional Driver premium is charged
– This classification is also used in the event there are more than two drivers over 25 years of age, or if the vehicle is driven to work more than 25km one way


Class 05 – Occasional Driver (Female)


– Used for Occasional Drivers under 25 years of age where the vehicle’s Principal Operator is a Class 01, 02, 03 or 07
– A separate premium is charged on the Liability, All Perils and/or Collision premium


Class 06 – Occasional Driver (Male)


– Used for Occasional Drivers under 25 years of age where the vehicle’s Principal Operator is a Class 01, 02, 03 or 07
– A separate premium is charged on the Liability, All Perils and/or Collision premium


Class 07 – Business Use/Pleasure


– Principal operator must be 25 years of age, or older
– No drivers under 25 years of age unless a separate Occasional Driver premium is charged
– Business use is not applicable for vehicles used for transporting materials or tools to place of employment, or for delivery (commercial automobile classifications would apply)


Class 08 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a married male under age 21, residing with their spouse


Class 09 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a married male age 21 to 24, residing with their spouse


Class 10 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a single male age 16, 17, or 18


Class 11 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a single male age 19 or 20


Class 12 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a single male age 21 or 22


Class 13 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a single male age 23 or 24


Class 18 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a single female, under age 21


Class 19 – Pleasure Use


– Principal operator is a single female age 21 to 24


We hope you have found this information helpful! Please watch for next week’s post with information on the different types of commercial automobile classifications.


Thank you,


The Costen & Associates Team


PS – We would like to take this time to wish Jamie Richardson a Happy 4th Anniversary with Costen & Associates!


jamie@costeninsurance.com

jamie@costeninsurance.com