General News · 31st March 2010
BC Ferries’ latest fare increase is going to further hurt communities on the coast which rely on the marine highway, according to North Island MLA Claire Trevena.
“The latest rate increase smacks of gouging by the semi-privatized ferry company,” said Trevena. “And the pain goes across the board: it’s going to hurt cyclists, because there will be a cost to bring bikes on the ferries for the first time, and it’s going to hurt business because of a massive increase in the cost for over-length vehicles.
“The ferry company says it’s keeping to a seven per cent cap – but in reality it’s 153 per cent increase for any vehicle longer than 20 feet,” said Trevena. “That’s going to hit businesses and the tourist trade directly, but it will impact everyone living on the islands.”
BC Ferries fares go up across the board on 1st April just three months after the last hike.
“Island communities are already suffering because of the economic downturn. This will hurt everyone trying to live and work in our ferry-dependent communities.
“People living in remote communities in the interior are not facing annual hikes in the costs of driving on their roads. It’s no different for people living on the islands; ferries are our marine highway and should be run in the interest of people who rely on them for their daily lives.”
The BC NDP has advocated that BC Ferries be treated as part of the highway system.