PRESS RELEASE: Tour Bus Route Restriction Law Passes Council

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new law that restricts which streets tour buses can operate on in the City of Los Angeles. The new tour bus unsafe route restriction law provides the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with a set of guidelines for designating streets that are unsafe for tour bus operation, and a series of escalating fines for violating the law. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

February 25, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

 

Tour Bus Route Restriction Law Passes Council

 

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new law that restricts which streets tour buses can operate on in the City of Los Angeles. The new tour bus unsafe route restriction law provides the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with a set of guidelines for designating streets that are unsafe for tour bus operation, and a series of escalating fines for violating the law. 

“For far too long, unscrupulous tour bus operators have been putting their passengers and the public at risk by driving up narrow hillside roads that weren’t built for heavy vehicles, making illegal U-turns, and allowing passengers to hop on and off behind blind curves,” Councilmember Ryu said. “We had no way to stop them and keep people safe. After years of working with the State and working with the City, we are finally bringing some common sense safety to this industry.”

“I authored AB 25 to provide cities different tools to guard against reckless tour bus operators, protecting lives and property,” Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian said. “I am happy to have a great local partner in Councilmember Ryu who has shepherded this critical safety measure through LA.”

The tour bus legislation began in 2015, shortly after Councilmember Ryu entered office. Unable to pass regulation on tour bus operation without a change in State law, Councilmember Ryu worked with State partners to push forward Assembly Bill 25, introduced by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. The bill, which allows local municipalities like Los Angeles the authority to determine which streets are safe and unsafe for tour bus operation, was signed by then-Governor Jerry Brown on September 27, 2017. Two days later, Councilmember Ryu introduced the motion that became today’s law.

The new law will study road width, crash patterns, visibility and other factors in determining whether a street is safe or not for tour bus operation. Streets determined unsafe will feature new signs barring tour buses. Reporting in 2016 from NBC4 revealed a pattern of unsafe driving by some local tour bus operators. With the Mayor’s signature, the new law will go into effect in April. 

Read the ordinance here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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