BCF not hiring flaggers

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Wednesday, December 5 2018

Drivers continue to make illegal u-turns to get into the ferry lineup on Taylor Bay Road. Derek Kilbourn photo.

BC Ferries will not be utilizing flagging persons for the Gabriola ferry lineup. That news came via the Gabriola Ferry Advisory Commission (FAC) this past week.

At the fall Ferry Advisory Commission meeting in October, the FAC had made a point to ask BC Ferries to consider hiring flaggers - either as staff or through a contractor - to walk the end of the ferry line and to direct drivers on the proper way to enter the line. RCMP have tried to enforce people doing illegal line-ups and, at one point, were sitting at the end of the line themselves to help drivers join the line safely.

Mark Wilson, BCF Vice President, Strategy & Community Engagement, had said at the October meeting that he would take the suggestions from the FAC back to his staff and return with an answer by the end of November. 

This past week, Steve Earle, FAC Chair, shared information provided to him by Darin Guenette, BC Ferries’ Communications Manager. Guenette said on behalf of Wilson, that he wanted to let the FAC know there are no changes planned “for us to look at hiring some flaggers to assist with roadway issues, sorry.” Earle said, “I can affirm that the FAC will continue our efforts to persuade BCF that this is indeed a serious issue that needs to be dealt with.”