- Published on Thursday, 12 July 2012 23:52
- Written by Super User
Below is a copy of a letter I wrote to the NC Ferry System concerning a change in the way the ferry is loaded. I am sure that some of your readers will need to know this new policy and hopefully will voice their displeasure for this change.
I live in Kure Beach and have ridden the ferry for many years. I also ride a BMW motorcycle.
In the past, I would be told to pull to the side and I would be loaded if the Captain had room for motorcycles after everyone else was loaded. In 90% of the cases, there has been room for my motorcycle. In some cases there has been no room and I have had to wait for the next ferry.
My wife and I went to the ferry on Saturday, July 7, 2012, for the 12:15 ferry and I pulled in and waited until all the cars had been lined up in the 3 lanes. When I tried to pay my $3.00, the gentleman at the toll booth told me he could not accept my money unless I was in line with all the cars. He said this new policy was just instituted because of a complaint filed in Morehead City about motorcycles "breaking in line".
First, my motorcycle is air cooled and I cannot wait in a long line without ruining my engine. Second, how can a vehicle that is only loaded if there is room to squeeze on "break line"?
If all it takes is a letter of complaint to change a policy that has worked well for decades; then consider this my letter of complaint as pertains to this new policy.
The old policy took advantage of usable space and generated revenue that would otherwise be lost. I have seen as many as 4 motorcycles added to the ferry when there was no room for more vehicles. I consider this a smart way to generate revenue.
Please tell me where the new policy can be viewed as well as the "chain of command" that approved this policy.
Kure Beach, NC