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BCTA, B.C. Ferries at odds over surcharge (August 16, 2001)

LANGLEY, B.C. -- The B.C Trucking Association (BCTA) has appealed to Transportation Minister Judith Reid to demand...


LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C Trucking Association (BCTA) has appealed to Transportation Minister Judith Reid to demand B.C. Ferries remove a controversial surcharge on its Horseshoe Bay run.

The 90-cent per foot surcharge on commercial vehicles during summer weekends amounts to double dipping, according to the BCTA, as the blended rate calculation already includes the surcharge.

The BCTA is also appealing to B.C. Ferries to amend their rates to reflect space taken up by vehicles rather than charging different rates to trucks and campers.

Meanwhile, B.C. Ferries has defended its loading system, which at times has left truckers scratching their heads.

Although there appears at times to be no rhyme or reason to the loading orders, B.C. Ferries insists that the loading sequence is done systematically to keep the vessel balanced and efficiently use the space in an orderly and safe manner.

They assure all commercial vehicles with a reservation will be let on-board, and encourage all truckers to call ahead for a reservation at 888-223-3779 or 250-223-5288.


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