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Government firms up PTD timetable

Government firms up PTD timetable

Meanwhile, the government has admitted the travel industry will have just a few weeks to make the necessary changes to be compliant with the PTD.

 

The new PTD was published in December 2015 and EU member states were nominally given until January 2018 to transpose it into national law.

 

Three bodies were tasked with implementing the new EU directive in the UK – the DfT, BEIS and the CAA.

 

However, despite three separate consultations (October 2016, August 2017 and February 2018) on changes to the Atol scheme and updating the PTR, the industry is yet to be presented final drafts.

 

TTG approached all three departments for an update.

 

A DfT spokesperson said: “We consulted on the proposals in 2016 and have published detailed draft regulations as part of the most recent consultation. We continue to work closely with the industry to ensure they are prepared ahead of the regulations coming into force on July 1.”

 

The department added it would publish its response to its latest Atol consultation “in the coming months”, stressing it understood the changes would take time to implement and pledged to “work closely with the industry on implementation”.

 

A CAA spokesperson said: “We have previously said there will be transitional arrangements put in place for the transfer to the new process and that remains the case.”

 

A BEIS spokesperson added: “The government has consulted extensively with the travel industry on this issue and will continue to work closely with them to ensure they are prepared ahead of the regulations coming into force later this year.”

 

The BEIS said it would publish its response to its latest consultation “shortly” and hoped to “lay regulations” after Easter.

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