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BC Ferries’ plan to ban passengers from closed car decks on hold
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BC Ferries says a controversial proposal to limit passenger access to closed car decks on vessels is now on hold.
The company confirmed in December it would implement Transport Canada regulations that ban passengers from closed decks over safety concerns.
On Monday, BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said the company is continuing to work with Transport Canada “to resolve outstanding details.”
There’s no update on when the policy could be implemented, but Marshall said BC Ferries will give an update when details surrounding the policy have been clarified.
Reaction to the policy when it was announced was swift and often brutal, with many passengers complaining that they’d no longer be able to sleep in their car on sailings.
But according to the policy, those parked in upper car decks or using enclosed pet-friendly areas will be permitted to stay.
Marshall said the company has heard from customers about the possible change and appreciates their concerns.
She also confirmed the company is still working on a plan to phase out all smoking on vessels, but a formal deadline has yet to be announced.