Whistler Star Express ordered to cease and desist 

The Motor Carrier Commission delivered a blow to the tourist industry in Whistler Tuesday when it ruled against a transport company that has brought more than 100,000 visitors to Whistler.

Randy Snider, who is the owner of Whistler Star Express, was ordered Tuesday by the Motor Carrier Commission to shut down his operation.

After a five-day hearing a panel from the MCC found that Whistler Star Express has "operated for a number of years without regard to the requirements of the Motor Carrier Act and its regulations".

The panel concluded that these actions "were not the actions of a fit carrier willing to provide a proper service," and ordered Snider to "cease and desist advertising, offering or providing a commercial passenger service."

This decision will boost companies such as Perimeter and Greyhound who both testified against Snider and Whistler Star Express.

Snider was shocked and livid at the result of the hearing.

"There isn’t any reason in the world that I shouldn’t get to run my company," Snider said.

"You know what this is all about? It’s about greed, monopoly and politics.

"I got 125 letters of support from the companies in Whistler, which result in effect counts for more than 100 ski tour companies from around the world that bring people to Whistler.

"It’s totally ridiculous because there’s no other resort in Alberta or Park City, Utah where one company (Perimeter Transportation) would be allowed to run on its own (from Vancouver airport).

"There are some months that we do $350,000 of business.

"This is going to affect the resort of Whistler because people are used to using Whistler Star Express."

One of Snider’s biggest concerns was that the President of Tourism Whistler, Barrett Fisher, chose not to send a representative of Tourism Whistler to appear in support of Whistler Star Express at the hearing.

"I would love to know what Barrett Fisher thinks about this because this is going to affect Whistler," he said.

Fisher did not immediately return Pique Newsmagazine’s calls.


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