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ICBC is investigating allegations that driving school owner Steve Wallace sexually harassed students

The Insurance Corporation of BC is investigating Victoria driving school owner Steve Wallace’s allegations of sexual harassment of female students.

The Insurance Corporation of BC is investigating Victoria driving school owner Steve Wallace’s allegations of sexual harassment of female students.

“This is a very serious matter and we urge anyone with concerns to report them to local law enforcement as soon as possible,” ICBC said in a statement Thursday. “We have also contacted the Victoria Police Department.”

ICBC said it contacted Wallace through his attorney, and Wallace agreed to stop teaching students how to drive.

He agreed not to go where learner drivers might be present. Additionally, Wallace agreed not to visit any ICBC locations, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations.

ICBC said it takes complaints against instructors or driving schools seriously. He urges anyone with concerns to lodge a formal complaint with them. If the allegations are substantiated, ICBC may consider suspending or revoking a driving school license or driving instructor license.

The allegations against Wallace were posted on the @wallacedrivingschoolvictims Instagram account, with nearly 1,500 followers. Fourteen people wrote about their discomfort in the car with Wallace. Some describe inappropriate comments and inappropriate touching. Wallace denied the allegations, which have not been proven.

Victoria Police said they were unable to confirm whether they were investigating the allegations.

“However, it is important for everyone to know that we take any allegation of harassment or sexual assault seriously and that you can report an incident to VicPD or other agencies – when, where and how you feel the safer,” said Const. Cam Mac Intyre.

People can also report sexual assault or harassment through an emergency room, doctor, counselor and social support agencies.

The Times Colonist has suspended publication of the Driving column written by Wallace, said Dave Obee, editor and publisher.

“The Times Colonist accepts nothing less than respectful behavior. We believe sexual harassment should not be tolerated and all complaints of sexual harassment should be taken seriously,” he said.

More support information can be found at vicpd.ca/webelieveyou.

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