Advocacy

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Through an aggressive legislative and advocacy program, PVA effectively represents the interests of the passenger vessel industry in our Nation’s Capital.

REGULATORY ISSUES

SAFETY AND SECURITY ISSUES

PVA maintains close contact with key legislators and committees on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures to ensure that industry positions are adequately addressed.

 

PVA's far-reaching legislative agenda is established by the PVA Board of Directors, with recommendations from PVA’s Legislative Committee and staff Legislative Director.

Congressional Fly-In Meetings provide members with an opportunity meet in person with Members of Congress.

REGULATORY ISSUES

PVA actively monitors federal agency activities and proposed rules, providing expert comments to shape positive outcomes.

 

PVA’s Regulatory Issues Committee offers opportunities for PVA members to participate in shaping regulatory public policy.

 

Your support underscores PVA’s participation in Quality Partnership meetings with senior Coast Guard leadership to develop non-regulatory solutions to industry concerns.

SAFETY AND SECURITY ISSUES

  • PVA’s Safety and Security Committee involves expert members and staff to develop a full range of safety products and tools designed especially for passenger vessel operators.
  • PVA works with Coast Guard to analyze incident data to develop programs and products to help members improve safety.
  • PVA’s Alternative Security Program (Coast Guard approved) is available exclusively to PVA members and fully meets requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act, saving members thousands of dollars in development costs.

Through its Advocacy Work PVA has Saved Members Millions of Dollars…

and continues to work tirelessly to represent your interests, to save you money and to promote a positive business environment for you.

  • PVA successfully argued to reduce and cap Coast Guard inspection user fees – saving operators from $150 to $2,000 per vessel annually.
  • Eliminated vessel inspection fees for public ferries.
  • Convinced the Coast Guard to reduce the random drug testing rate from 50% to 25% – saving your business thousands of dollars in costs and reducing your administrative burden.
  • Worked to exempt vessels of less than 150 passengers from security plan and TWIC requirements--saving you time and money.
  • Sheltered smaller passenger vessels from Vessel General Permit and Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan requirements – saving you thousands of dollars in development and implementation costs.