A legislator who boarded the ferry during the dispute said the Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry Company should lose its franchise if it failed to improve services between Peng Chau and Central. Independent legislator Leung Yiu-chung, whose constituency embraces the Outlying Islands and New Territories West, boarded the ferry at about 9am after hearing a radio report about the stand-off and stayed until the dispute was resolved. Mr Leung criticised the Transport Department for failing to arbitrate at an earlier stage, which he said could have averted a breakdown of the island's only transport link with Hong Kong Island. 'They should have talked to the passengers much earlier and channelled their grievances,' he said. 'If there is no real improvement in services, terminating the operation will be the only option.' Mr Leung said transport officials should not have focused solely on contingency arrangements. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong legislator Tam Yiu-chung called for a review of ferry services. Mr Tam, an Executive Council member, attacked the ferry operator for its tough stance against passengers. 'I think the company could have been more tolerant and responded to their needs,' he said. He said the passengers' action was understandable. However, Democratic Party legislator and transport spokesman Albert Ho Chun-yan said the passengers' action was wrong. 'They have paralysed the only transport link with the city and caused so much inconvenience to the public.'