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Ferry passengers to pay a $10 tax on top of the $84 fare

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Key takeaways: 

  • Tax to help neutralize the rising fuel price, says G.M. of Northumberland Ferries Ltd.
  • The price for a car to cross by ferry from P.E.I. to Nova Scotia will be $94 starting June 1.

Vehicles taking the ferry from P.E.I. to Nova Scotia this summer will be paying a $10 tax to help compensate for the high fuel price.

Combined with a two percent growth from last year, the cost for a vehicle to use the ferry will be $94 starting June 1. 

Don Cormier, general manager and vice-president of operations for Northumberland Ferries Ltd., said it still means good value.

“We wanted that tax to be compliant and fair enough of personal needs,” he stated in an interview with C.B.C. News: Compass host Louise Martin.

“But our fuel price now is the highest cost that we have in terms of our operating expenses. So clearly, some of that ought to be passed on to customers.”

Cormier said it’s likely the tax would be deducted if fuel costs take a significant reduction.

Also read: P.E.I. sees a massive reduction in heating oil and diesel costs

Vehicles taking the ferry from P.E.I. to Nova Scotia this summer will be paying a $10 tax to help compensate for the high fuel price

Currently, the cost is $84 for regular-sized cars and $44 for motorcycles. 

Slight growth in food costs

Cormier said food costs aboard the ferries will stay “pretty tight to tradition.”

Traffic has been comparable to 2019 levels since the service between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S., continued at the start of the month, he said.

Staff will be needed to wear masks onboard. 

Passengers will be urged to wear masks, but they will not be mandated.

Source – cbc.ca

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