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Meeting Name: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 4/24/2018 1:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Committee Room - City Hall
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Int 0289-2018 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez Proposed Int. No. 289-ARequiring double decker sight-seeing buses to have one owner representative present on the upper level at all times when passengers are present.IntroductionSight-seeing tour buses can be challenging to operate for drivers who are expected to simultaneously narrate tours and otherwise interact with, entertain and attend to their passengers. The distractions associated with these competing duties could lead to traffic violations, accidents and even injuries for passengers, other vehicles and pedestrians alike. Moreover, these distractions and safety concerns may be more pronounced for double decker tour buses because they accommodate twice as many passengers on separate levels. This law would require double decker sight-seeing tour buses to have at least one licensed employee present on the upper level of the bus in addition to the driver at all times when passengers are present on the upper level. This requirement could help to alleviate distractions to drivers, thereby creating a safer environment on NYC streets.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0289-2018 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez  Requiring double decker sight-seeing buses to have one owner representative present on the upper level at all times when passengers are present.IntroductionSight-seeing tour buses can be challenging to operate for drivers who are expected to simultaneously narrate tours and otherwise interact with, entertain and attend to their passengers. The distractions associated with these competing duties could lead to traffic violations, accidents and even injuries for passengers, other vehicles and pedestrians alike. Moreover, these distractions and safety concerns may be more pronounced for double decker tour buses because they accommodate twice as many passengers on separate levels. This law would require double decker sight-seeing tour buses to have at least one licensed employee present on the upper level of the bus in addition to the driver at all times when passengers are present on the upper level. This requirement could help to alleviate distractions to drivers, thereby creating a safer environment on NYC streets.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0289-2018 *Ydanis A. Rodriguez  Requiring double decker sight-seeing buses to have one owner representative present on the upper level at all times when passengers are present.IntroductionSight-seeing tour buses can be challenging to operate for drivers who are expected to simultaneously narrate tours and otherwise interact with, entertain and attend to their passengers. The distractions associated with these competing duties could lead to traffic violations, accidents and even injuries for passengers, other vehicles and pedestrians alike. Moreover, these distractions and safety concerns may be more pronounced for double decker tour buses because they accommodate twice as many passengers on separate levels. This law would require double decker sight-seeing tour buses to have at least one licensed employee present on the upper level of the bus in addition to the driver at all times when passengers are present on the upper level. This requirement could help to alleviate distractions to drivers, thereby creating a safer environment on NYC streets.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0723-2018 *Corey D. Johnson  Requiring sight-seeing bus operators to submit operating plans to the DOT.IntroductionIn light of multiple accidents involving sight-seeing buses that occurred in recent years, this bill expands licensing requirements for sight-seeing buses. This bill requires sight-seeing bus businesses to obtain authorization from the Department of Transportation for all of their bus stops prior to applying for a sight-seeing bus license from the Department of Consumer Affairs. This would enable the Department of Transportation to monitor congestion and traffic caused by sight-seeing buses on the road.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0723-2018 *Corey D. Johnson  Requiring sight-seeing bus operators to submit operating plans to the DOT.IntroductionIn light of multiple accidents involving sight-seeing buses that occurred in recent years, this bill expands licensing requirements for sight-seeing buses. This bill requires sight-seeing bus businesses to obtain authorization from the Department of Transportation for all of their bus stops prior to applying for a sight-seeing bus license from the Department of Consumer Affairs. This would enable the Department of Transportation to monitor congestion and traffic caused by sight-seeing buses on the road.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0725-2018 *Margaret S. Chin  Limiting the number of sightseeing bus licenses.IntroductionThis bill requires the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs to issue no more than two hundred and twenty-five sight-seeing bus license plates.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0725-2018 *Margaret S. Chin  Limiting the number of sightseeing bus licenses.IntroductionThis bill requires the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs to issue no more than two hundred and twenty-five sight-seeing bus license plates.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0727-2018 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Strengthening the licensing requirements in the sight-seeing bus industry.IntroductionIn light of multiple accidents involving sightseeing buses that occurred in recent years, this bill expands licensing requirements for sight-seeing bus companies. Sightseeing bus drivers must meet basic requirements, such as not having accumulated nine or more points on their driving record within an 18 month period, not having their licenses suspended or revoked, and not being convicted of an alcohol or drug-related offence over the past three years. Sightseeing bus companies must maintain driving records for each of their drivers and make them available for inspection by the Department of Consumer Affairs. Additionally, the company must notify the Department of Consumer Affairs if any of their drivers is involved in a motor accident or are charged with an alcohol or drug-related offence. The company must also register New York licensed drivers in the Department of Motor Vehicles License Event Notification System.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0727-2018 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Strengthening the licensing requirements in the sight-seeing bus industry.IntroductionIn light of multiple accidents involving sightseeing buses that occurred in recent years, this bill expands licensing requirements for sight-seeing bus companies. Sightseeing bus drivers must meet basic requirements, such as not having accumulated nine or more points on their driving record within an 18 month period, not having their licenses suspended or revoked, and not being convicted of an alcohol or drug-related offence over the past three years. Sightseeing bus companies must maintain driving records for each of their drivers and make them available for inspection by the Department of Consumer Affairs. Additionally, the company must notify the Department of Consumer Affairs if any of their drivers is involved in a motor accident or are charged with an alcohol or drug-related offence. The company must also register New York licensed drivers in the Department of Motor Vehicles License Event Notification System.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available