BC Ferries puts April 1 fare adjustment on hold and announces fuel rebate

BC Ferries is instituting a 1.5 per cent fuel rebate effective April 1, passing on recent declines in fuel cost to ferry users.

“BC Ferries closely monitors the price of fuel and applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process that is independent of fares,” the company said in a release. “The recent decrease in the price of fuel allows BC Ferries to introduce a 1.5 percent fuel rebate.”

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The rebate will amount to 10 cents for a passenger fare and 70 cents for the vehicle fare on the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay route.

Ferries also announced March 25 that it’s delaying the annual tariff adjustments “in light of the COVID-19 situation and the impact it is having on customers.”

Late last year, the Ferry Commissioner set the fare cap at 2.3 per cent, allowing BC Ferries to raise fares by up to that amount every year starting April 1, 2020 and running to March 31, 2024.

BC Ferries said it would implement the planned fare adjustment for 2020 at a later date.

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