BC Ferries passengers will soon be paying more thanks to the high cost of fuel.
The travel company says that they’re adding a 2.5% fuel surcharge to the cost of riding the ferry starting June 1.
On Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island routes, this will translate to a 45-cent upsurge for adult fares, and a $2.00 increase for vehicles with drivers. On other inter-island routes, an additional 25-cent will be charged for an adult fare, with a $1.05 increase for vehicles with drivers.
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The company says that they do not benefit financially from surcharges or rebates.
“BC Ferries has made significant investments to reduce its consumption of fuel and use cleaner, lower-cost fuels, such as liquefied natural gas to replace the use of ultra-low sulphur diesel fuels. The company is also introducing battery-equipped ships designed for future full electric operation when shore charging infrastructure can be installed in BC,” BC Ferries said in a statement.
As well, on June 1, a 2.5% fuel surcharge will be added to Port Hardy to Prince Rupert; Prince Rupert to Haida; Gwaii and Port Hardy to Central Coast routes.
BC Ferries does not currently have a fuel surcharge or rebate on those routes.
“Despite initiatives to burn fuel more efficiently, a fuel surcharge is necessary at this time.”