ICYMI: No staying in your car on lower BC Ferry decks starting October 11

From CTV News:

Those who like to sleep in their car or smoke on ferries will soon be in for a rude awakening.

BC Ferries is following through on promises to restrict passengers from remaining on closed car decks during sailings – and to ban smoking on all of its vessels and terminals.

The company announced in December that it was required to implement Transport Canada regulations that would ban passengers from remaining on contained lower decks due to safety concerns.

The policy will go into effect on Oct. 11, meaning anyone who drives onto a lower, enclosed car deck after that date will be forced to leave while a sailing is underway.

Customers will still be permitted to remain in their vehicles on upper decks.

“The regulations relate to safety, and the safety of our passengers and employees is a core value for BC Ferries,” said Vice-President of Fleet Operations Jamie Marshall in a statement. “Last year we carried 21-million passengers safely to their destinations by keeping safety top-of-mind in every operational decision we made.”

The closed deck ban will apply to 18 vessels, including those that operate on busy routes including Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen-Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay.