thornie1543 wrote:The thing i don't understand about not excepting foot/bike bookings is if on the ferry to spain for instance are they expecting all the people to sit in their vehicles for 24hrs of the crossing? when all those people get out of their cars and go into the ferry what difference would it make from a foot passenger/cyclist? .Except the part where they can keep people in their cars before boarding of course,but when they park and get out its all the same isnt it.oh well.
The reason is limited accommodation capacity. Reserved seating and cabins only, no casual mooching in the cafeteria etc. Reserved seating is also half empty for distancing. So, who do they want to sell the ticket to? Answer, somebody who is also paying for a car, PLUS it solves problems with distancing and sanitising in waiting areas, embarkation etc. There may also be a customs / immigration factor, may not be manned for the same distancing reasons.
Even if the accommodation capacity is limited, it still makes more sense to sell tickets to the vehicles paying more per kg and square metre because kg increases fuel consumption and square metrage is also limited. And who pays most per unit? Generally lorry trailers first and bicycles second, with the added bonus that bicycles generally use deck space that the lorries can't and even cars can't.
I don't see problems with distancing and sanitising in waiting areas for cyclists - I've always waited with the bike on the quayside where distance has seemed plentiful and it's been in the open air. Customs generally ask us to leave the vehicle while we check it anyway and border control are behind screens, so both are low risk.
It seems much more likely that implementing measures to distance and control car passengers are taking more workers than usual and those workers come from the ones monitoring bike boarding (directing traffic, telling people to tie the damn bikes or just tying ones people fail to do) and cyclists are seen as acceptable collateral damage. Again, I think this is because cyclists are too damn nice and there's always some who seem willing to defend any anti-cycling action, as we can see above.