The surcharge increase expected next month will total 45 cents per adult ticket and $2 per vehicle and driver on routes linking Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. For inter-island routes, the surcharge will total 25 cents per adult ticket and $1.05 per vehicle and driver.

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BC Ferries is increasing its fuel surcharge on all routes beginning June 1, due to the recent spike in record-setting gas prices.

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The ferry company will increase its fuel surcharge from 1 per cent to 2.5 per cent beginning next month. The company generally adds a surcharge, issues rebates on fares, or neither to manage the cost of fuel. The surcharge or rebate is regulated by the BC Ferries commissioner.

The surcharge increase expected next month will total 45 cents per adult ticket and $2 per vehicle and driver on routes linking Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. For inter-island routes, the surcharge will total 25 cents per adult ticket and $1.05 per vehicle and driver.

“The company does not benefit financially from surcharges or rebates,” read a news release announcing the increase.

Beginning June 1, a 2.5 per cent surcharge will also be introduced on the Port Hardy-Prince Rupert route, the Prince Rupert-Haida Gwaii, and Port Hardy-Central Coast routes. Those routes currently have neither a surcharge nor a rebate.

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BC Ferries vessels run on liquefied natural gas, replacing the previous use of sulfur diesel fuels. The company also hopes to introduce battery-equipped ships in the future, once charging infrastructure can be installed at ferry terminals.


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