It’s the first time in thirteen years BC Ferries won’t be hitting customers with a fare increase.
The corporation says come April 1st, the price passengers will pay will stay the same.
Even though BC Ferries is technically raising fares, it’s also applying applying a fuel rebate.
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The two cancel each other out.
But the fares passengers now pay are significantly higher than they paid thirteen years ago in 2003.
Back then, the round-trip fare from Tsawwassen to the Gulf Islands for two people and a vehicle was around eighty-four dollars.
This year you will pay one hundred and ninety four dollars for the same trip.
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The NDP’s Ferries critic says there is a reason BC Ferries fares aren’t going up again and it has nothing to do with the BC Liberal government.
Claire Trevena says it all comes down to the price of oil.
“It has got nothing to do with BC Liberals fiscal management whether it is good or bad. It has got everything to do with falling oil prices. BC Ferries is passing on the fuel rebate to customers. Fares aren’t going up; the fuel rebate is coming in to cover the cost of fares. We don’t if it is permanent. We don’t know how stable this is going to be.”
Trevena says if the government was honest with people it would be warning of a volatile situation which could see fares shoot up again if the price of oil rises.