Pink slip refresh
The pink slip details essential information like the vehicle insurance provider, the vehicle’s owner, and their address. It is proof that your car is insured to be on the road — a legal requirement for vehicle ownership. If the police pull you over, the officer will request your pink slip along with your licence and vehicle registration to ensure that the car — and the driver — is legally allowed to be on the road. It also allows officers to check any records that may be associated with your vehicle. If you are involved in a collision, the pink slip will provide necessary insurance information to all parties involved.
In 2019, Ontario announced that insurance companies can now offer a digital version of pink slips to their customers for mobile phone storage. This move was to modernize the system; the digital version of the slip carries all the same information, just in a new format. This may blur the lines for some drivers, as having your phone in hand while behind the wheel is never recommended.
As with any new change in routine, it is important to nail the best practices before heading out. Pulling up your pink slip should be done when your car is stopped, and in the parked position. Anything different would contravene distracted driving legislation.