The PBA is a member of the MCA’s stakeholder group for the sector, the Domestic Passenger Safety Steering Group (DPSSG), which meets annually. The MCA’s plans for older passenger vessels have been discussed at the DPSSG on several occasions.
Additionally, MCA policy officials have held dedicated stakeholder meetings on the proposals for older passenger boats, at all of which the PBA have been represented. Three of these meetings were in 2016, one in November 2018 and another in March 2019. The MCA also met with a representative of the PBA, and another organization, in a small informal meeting on 15 May 2019.
The MCA has carried out two public consultations on the matter, and the PBA responded to both.