BC Ferries says due to current fuel market conditions, a 1.5 per cent surcharge will be implemented on June 1.
The corporation says the fuel surcharge will see 85 cents tacked on to a vehicle fare on the Vancouver Island-Metro Vancouver routes and 25 cents for an adult.
The increase is 15 cents for an adult and 45 cents for a vehicle on various inter-island routes, but the surcharge will not be added to the Port
Hardy – Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert – Haida Gwaii and Port Hardy – Central Coast routes.
Those routes have a separate mechanism concerning the cost of fuel, the corporation says.
BC Ferries CEO Mark Collins says although five vessels now operate on less expensive liquefied natural gas, a fuel surcharge is necessary.
“Fuel is our second largest expense. We know that the affordability of travel is important to our customers, and we will continue to take measures to reduce our fuel consumption further through the introduction of diesel electric battery hybrid vessels,” Collins said in a statement.
BC Ferries said it applies a rebate or surcharge under a process independent of fares and says the company does not benefit financially from the surcharge.