The City is asking the Union of B.C. Municipalities to push ICBC for co-operation with motor vehicle files.
Council voted unanimously Tuesday to put a resolution to that effect forward at its fall convention.
City community safety and enforcement manager Jon Wilson told council that the Crown corporation has restricted access to information on vehicles and owners because of policy decisions.
That has made it difficult for bylaws officers to get information on certain vehicle licence plates in a timely manner, even though the City has an information sharing agreement with ICBC.
Wilson explained that the Canadian Police Information Centre, which collects licence plate and other police data, has tightened up its sharing policies with third party agencies such as municipalities.
As a result, cities have turned to ICBC where they used to get data from their local police detachment.
Wilson said there can be a lot of back and forth sharing with ICBC through co-operation, but the insurance corporation is probably bogged down with requests because of the CPIC changes.
To get the resolution on the UBCM agenda, council needed to approve it Tuesday, which it did, unanimously.