Local Electeds Praise Enforcement of Intercity Chinatown Bus Regulations
Elected officials are now happy to report that the NYPD and DOT are enforcing recently-forged regulations imposed upon the Chinatown bus industry. As previously reported, curbside bus operators citywide are now required to carry permits to pick up and drop off in NYC. Companies caught without permits, operating outside of approved zones, or straying from set schedules can be fined up to $2,500.
The local politicians – State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Borough President Gale Brewer – released a media-friendly statement on Friday.
We are pleased to announce that DOT and NYPD have begun enforcing intercity bus permit regulations, as they agreed to at a meeting at Senator Squadron’s office, co-hosted by Speaker Silver, Councilmember Chin, Borough President Brewer, and Community Board 3. Squadron and Silver authored legislation to create the permit system, require consultation with local community boards, and provide penalties for non-compliance.
Un-permitted intercity buses have contributed to a “wild west” atmosphere in the Lower East Side and Chinatown, and elsewhere in Manhattan. With the enforcement of the permit system starting today, intercity bus companies should no longer be able to operate outside of the law with impunity. While the discussion about how to best manage lawful permits is ongoing, effective enforcement is key to understanding the challenge facing our communities and to improving quality of life.
We will continue to solicit feedback from the community as implementation proceeds. We look forward to working with local police precincts, DOT, Community Board 3, and bus operators to monitor the process as it unfolds, and we will continue to push to increase the safety and quality of life for all residents.
Let’s see if there are actual results from all the political stumping.
Other curbside bus violations as per the DOT website:
The New York Police Department enforces the intercity bus permit rules. The NYPD may issue fines of up to $500 for the first offense and up to $2,500 for subsequent offenses within two years of the first violation for the following offenses:
- a bus is stopped without proper identifying markings;
- a bus is loading/unloading without a permit
- a bus with a valid permit is stopping or standing in its assigned bus stop but is not actively engaged in the loading/unloading of passengers
- a bus with a valid permit fails to prominently display a copy of its permit
- a permit holder alters its intercity bus permit