Check out Carl’s article, ‘Ryu Restricts “Rogue’ Tour Buses,” Originally Published in the Los Feliz Ledger.
HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Tour bus operators may soon see tighter restrictions in Los Angeles if the city passes two September motions filed by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu in response to growing complaints from residents about noise pollution, traffic violations and safety hazards created by the vehicles.
Tour buses, which the councilmember has called “rogue,” have been a priority for Ryu since day one of taking office, said his spokesperson Estevan Montemayor.
As such, Ryu took on the issue shortly after he was elected in 2015 with an ordinance that required open-air tour bus operators to apply for permits to use amplified sound, which it also stipulated could not be audible from more than 50 feet away.
But as an incentive, operators who provided riders with headphones were exempt from the permit requirement.
Ryu’s first motion changes that, and if approved, will make it mandatory for all tour bus operators to use non-amplified sound and provide headphones to riders.
Ryu’s second motion would allow the council to restrict tour buses from driving on certain streets and instructs the Dept. of Transportation to determine which streets are unsafe for tour traffic.
“Basically this has been a four-year endeavor for [us],” Mann said in an email. “The out of control tour bus issue has become a true nightmare for residents and commuters alike. It finally has become life threatening to many, including the tourists taking the rides.” Read More »