Apr. 27, 2019

Motorists getting electrified due to gas pains

PLUGGED IN – Nanaimo motorists appear to be buying in to the pitch for hybrid and electric vehicles. That’s the word from people in the car sales business. Paul DeBron Nanaimo Toyota said the majority of his recent sales have been plug-in hybrid vehicles. “We're seeing a big increase in hybrid vehicle sales especially plug-in hybrid vehicles with the rebates available,” DeBron told NanaimoNewsNOW. “Any time gas prices spike we see an increase in hybrid vehicles.” ICBC data shows hybrid registrations in Nanaimo between 2013 and 2017 jumped to 910 from 540 while electric vehicle registrations shot up to 75 from 15 over the same period.

HERE'S A TWIST –  North Carolina State Legislators have introduced a new bill that would require hybrid and electric vehicle owners to pay an extra annual fee to offset the gas taxes they aren’t paying since their vehicles don’t use as much gas as non-hybrid vehicles.

THE SKY DIDN’T FALL – We’re not sinking under a pile of garbage following the shutdown last year of the popular non-profit Nanaimo Recycling Exchange. That’s the word from City and private depot operators tracking local waste diversion trends. Curbside collection was up in volume over the past year. However, the amount of garbage picked up by city crews dropped. Depot recycling programs remain strong. 

SALMON DERBY RUNS AGROUND –  Campbell River’s popular June fishing derby has been this year following recently-announced limits on the recreational chinook fishery. But organizers hope it will be back next year. By the time Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the new caps in mid-April, it was too late to reschedule the event, said Stephen Grant of Royal LePage Advance, which runs the annual Salmon Derby. New chinook conservation measures include a zero-retention policy lasting until mid-July in coastal waters around Campbell River. DFO claims the limits are needed to protect wild salmon that are in a long-term state of decline.