Drop trailer services gets kicked

Earlier, in an interview with The Globe and Mail's Justine Hunter, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.'s president and chief executive officer said the former Crown corporation's new drop trailer service isn't being bankrolled by the approximately $125 million in funding it receives from the provincial government. Instead, that funding is only used to keep the company's minor routes afloat. But, in a recent report, comptroller general Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland acknowledged those taxpayer dollars could lead to the perception the ferry service has an "undue advantage" over private sector competitors, such as Seaspan Coastal Intermodal Co.

As a result, Ms. Wenezenki-Yolland stated "it is important that allocation of costs between such commercials services and passenger/vehicle services be transparent and subject to independent oversight." To that end, the comptroller general has recommended the British Columbia Ferry Commission regulate the firm's competitive services separately from the transportation of vehicles and passengers about the company's ferries.

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