LOS ANGELES - Today, the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee approved a draft ordinance that would allow the City’s Department of Transportation to restrict which streets tour buses can operate on based on safety. The ordinance now heads to the City Council for final approval.
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February 18, 2020
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TOUR BUS ROUTE RESTRICTIONS PASS FINAL COMMITTEE HURDLE
Los Angeles - Today, the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee approved a draft ordinance that would allow the City’s Department of Transportation to restrict which streets tour buses can operate on based on safety. The ordinance now heads to the City Council for final approval.
“Tourism has an important role in our City and our local economy, but public safety must come first” Councilmember Ryu said. “For far too long, certain tour bus operators have been putting the public and their passengers at risk by making unsafe turns, illegal U-turns, speeding, slowing, or suddenly stopping while traveling on narrow hillside streets that were never built to accommodate them. This law will ensure the tour bus industry operates with common-sense regulations centered on safety for all.”
Cities like Los Angeles were unable to limit tour bus access on narrow or substandard hillside streets until Assembly Bill 25 was signed in 2017 by then-Governor Brown. The bill, strongly supported by Councilmember Ryu, was signed on September 27, 2017. Councilmember Ryu introduced his motion that became today’s draft ordinance two days later.
The issue of unsafe tour bus operators in Los Angeles came to light after a 2016 NBC4 investigation that led to action on the issue from the local, state and federal levels of government. In 2016, the United States Department of Transportation mailed letters to more than two dozen tour bus companies demanding information about modified tour buses, some of which had their roofs removed and safety belts disabled.
A final vote is expected in the coming weeks.
Read the draft ordinance here.
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 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.