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BC Ferries Passengers Must Leave Closed Car Decks

Posted on December 20, 2016

CityMash.com - BC Ferries is working on a proposal that will ban ferry passengers from staying on closed car decks during sailings.

This ban comes out of the work BC Ferries is doing with Transport Canada to minimize safety risks and concerns. Under the ban, passengers would not be allowed to stay in their vehicles or on any contained closed car decks. These are generally the lower decks on C-class vessels. Passengers would still be free to stay on upper level open car decks and in designated pet-friendly areas.

BC Ferries is also working on a second proposal to ban smoking on all ferry vessels. Ferries currently have designated smoking areas for both passenger and employee use. While British Columbians are generally quite supportive of smoking bans, the BC Ferries ban may pose a problem. While passengers are only on the ships for a limited time, some employees spend eight hours or more on a vessel. That’s a long time to go without a smoke break.

BC Ferries will make an official announcement in January concerning these two proposals. What do you think of the proposed bans? Will either affect your travels with BC Ferries?

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