B.C. introduced limits on gas purchase for non-essential vehicles in a bid to ensure re-establish the movement of critical goods and services following severe flooding and landslides.
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, introduced the new temporary measures late on Friday, by issuing two new orders using the extraordinary powers of the Emergency Program Act.
“We are asking people to limit their fuel consumption and vehicle travel at this time and are putting in place orders under the provincial state of emergency to support this,” Farnworth said.
He also added that “These steps will keep commercial traffic moving, stabilize our supply chains and make sure everyone gets home safely. We are asking people not to travel through severely affected areas – for their own well-being, but also to make sure the fuel we do have goes toward the services people need in this time of crisis.”
The first order, will remain in effect until Dec. 1, 2021, and apply to all fuel suppliers in the Lower Mainland-to-Hope region, the Sea-to-Sky region, Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.
Under this order, essential vehicles will have unrestricted access to fuel as required, using predominately commercial trucking gas stations (cardlock gas stations).
Non-essential vehicles, including the general public, will still have access to fuel available through retail gas stations. People will be limited to 30 litres per trip to the gas station.
The second order prohibits non-essential travel along severely affected highways, including Highway 99 – from the junction of Highway 99 and Lillooet River Road to the BC Hydro Seton Lake Campsite access in Lillooet. Only passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles up to 14,500 kilograms will be permitted.
The order also prohibits non-essential travel on Highway 3 – from the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 3 in Hope to the west entrance to Princeton from Highway 3, and Highway 7 – from the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 9 in Agassiz to the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 1 in Hope.