After revealing plans for potential service changes in late December, BC Ferries finalized two new policies today.
No Passengers Allowed on Lower Vehicle Decks
On October 11th, 2017, BC Ferries will synchronize its safety practices with Transport Canada regulations that prohibit passengers from remaining in their vehicles on closed decks.
Passengers with special circumstances may make a request at the ticket booth to be placed on upper vehicle decks, where remaining vehicles is an option. Where possible, BC Ferries will attempt to accommodate such requests.
Initially, a soft approach to enforcement will be taken, with BC Ferries staff reminding customers of the change in policy and asking them to comply.
BC Ferries Will Be A Smoke-free Environment
As of January 22nd, 2018, the company is introducing a smoke-free environment on board all vessels and at all terminals.
The new smoke-free policy will apply to tobacco, marijuana, and e-cigarettes, and is
expected to reduce the number of complaints BC Ferries receives from customers related to
During each sailing, announcements will be made to remind customers of the new policy.