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BC Ferries adding fuel surcharge due to rising gas costs

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VICTORIA, BC – Gas prices are rising, and so will ferry charges.

Starting on June 1st, BC Ferries will add a 1.5 per cent fuel surcharge, according to a BC Ferries announcement.

The announcement added that BC Ferries closely monitors fuel costs and depending on the situation, applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process independent of fares.

BC Ferries has been using a fuel rebate/surcharge mechanism for the past 15 years. This means when fuel prices are lower, BC Ferries passes lower fuel prices to customers through a rebate. When fuel costs are higher, the company adds a surcharge, which is designed to cover the additional cost of fuel.

According to the BC Ferries release, the company does not financially benefit from surcharges or rebates.

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On average, the surcharge will be 1.5 per cent for all routes, except Port Hardy-Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert-Haida Gwaii and Port Hardy-Central Coast routes. BC Ferries added these routes will not have a fuel surcharge at this time, as they have a different fuel cost mechanism.

With the surcharge, the new ferry costs will be:

  • Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay – $17.45 (foot passenger); $58.35 (passenger vehicle)
  • Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay – $17.45 (foot passenger); $58.35 (passenger vehicle)
  • Powell River-Little River – $13.70 (foot passenger); $42.80 (passenger vehicle)
  • Powell River-Texada – $9.80 (foot passenger); $23.20 (passenger vehicle)
  • Buckley Bay-Denman Island – $9.00 (foot passenger); $20.95 (passenger vehicle)
  • Denman Island-Hornby Island – $9.00 (foot passenger); $20.95 (passenger vehicle)
  • Campbell River-Quadra Island – $9.00 (foot passenger); $20.95 (passenger vehicle)
  • Quadra Island-Cortes Island – $10.60 (foot passenger); $24.45 (passenger vehicle)

 

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