BC Ferries might be 'smoke free' next year

Dec 21 2016, 1:31 am

The New Year is bringing with it new policies, regarding how BC Ferries operates.

In an email to Daily Hive, BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall said the company will be “fully implementing Transport Canada regulations to limit passenger access to closed vehicle decks while ships are underway.”

“Closed” decks, Marshall explained, are the main car decks. “Customers will continue to be permitted to stay in vehicles on the upper (opened) car decks.”

And if you treat ferry trips as a smoke-break during your travels, that may no longer be possible either.

“With regards to smoking, we are currently reviewing our policy with an aim to offer a smoke free environment in the future,” Marshall said. “The province recently changed regulations regarding smoke free zones to from 3 to 6 metres away from a door or opening window.”

This spacial requirement “proves challenging” on a ship, she said.

A formal announcement on both policy changes, along with further details, is expected in early January.

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