Those Devonport and Stanley Bay commuters responding to increased fuel prices by abandoning their cars for ferries are finding they are part of a growing trend; which is leading to overcrowding on some services. Passenger traffic on ferries was up almost 13% in February compared with 12 months ago.
Moreover, in addition to experiencing some discomfort in travelling as a result of the overcrowding, commuters are having to stomach a fare increase; Fullers are also having to respond to the increase in fuel costs.
The single biggest cost in running ferries is diesel and Fullers are feeling the price hike too. All Fullers services to and from Devonport and Stanley Bay increased by 6 percent on Wednesday, bringing the standard adult return fare to $11.
Nevertheless, a monthly pass on the Devonport and Stanley Bay routes still only costs $128 – a substantial saving on fuel and wear and tear on the car.