Sunday, November 28

Non-essential vehicles on Vancouver Island, limited to 30 liters of gasoline per visit: Province – Nach Welt

As rescue and relief efforts increase in areas hardest hit by floods and mudslides, the British Columbia government has two new contracts under the Emergency declared it on Wednesday.

The first move announced by Public Safety Secretary Mike Farnworth was that the province will prioritize access to gasoline on Vancouver Island, southwest British Columbia and the Sunshine Coast.

As part of the new arrangement, which is to apply for the next 10 to 11 days, emergency vehicles and rescue vehicles have unrestricted access to filling stations at these locations. Non-essential vehicles, including the public, will be capped at 30 liters per visit, Farnworth says.

“There will be bottlenecks, but we are taking this important step to keep our gas supplies going,” said Farnworth.

According to Farnworth, gas stations must ensure that their gasoline reserves are sufficient by December 1, 2021.

Farnworth admits there will be delays at gas stations in the next 11 days and urges the British to be patient and allow extra time with each visit.

“When our province faces an emergency, the British Columbians step in,” Farnworth said. “We have a steady supply of gasoline to support all of our critical vehicles, and we will get through these limitations together by staying calm, buying only what we need and taking care of each other. These measures are necessary in the event of temporary bottlenecks as work is underway to restore BC’s fuel supply. “

The province also suggests that despite limited options, people seek alternative modes of transport such as public transport or car pooling.

The regulation also prohibits retail gas stations and wholesale distributors from driving profit margins and prohibits people from buying gas for resale.

This action will be taken as the province struggles to restore roads and restore fuel flow through the Transmountain Pipeline, which has been offline due to recent weather events.

This arrangement has no impact on natural gas or fuel oil, which is used to heat homes, the government notes.

The second government order prohibits non-essential driving on highways that have been severely affected by recent weather.

This includes sections of Highway 99, Highway 3, and Highway 7 – neither of which are on Vancouver Island.

“There are circumstances in which travel is essential and permitted, particularly for the transport of goods necessary for the health, safety and well-being of British Columbians,” notes the province, suggesting that once the backlog essentially traffic is eliminated, restrictions can be eased.

Farnworth said during a live press conference that the new orders are designed to help keep commercial traffic going, stabilize supply chains and ensure everyone gets home safely.

These measures are enacted under the provincial state of emergencystated earlier this week by Prime Minister John Horgan.

Below are the specific details for each highway with non-essential travel restrictions in BC:

  • Highway 99: from the intersection of Highway 99 and Lillooet River Road to the access to BC Hydro Seton Lake Campsite in Lillooet. Only cars and commercial vehicles up to 14,500 kilograms are permitted.
  • Highway 3: from the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 3 in Hope to the west entrance to Princeton on Highway 3.
  • Highway 7: from the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 9 in Agassiz to the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 1 in Hope.

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