Yep Tour, a Textbook Case of Illegal Chinatown Bus Operations

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 at 10:45 am by
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Yep Tour illegally operates a Chinatown bus route out of the Lower East Side. We’ve seen this before.

As previously disclosed, the company does carry a permit with the Department of Transportation, but it was issued with the Brooklyn location in mind (6010 8th Avenue). Their egregious actions around the neighborhood are rarely in check by the authorities, as tickets continue to be sold at 120 East Broadway (i.e. “Focus Travel”).

Yep Tour is dangerous. Dangerous to both passengers and nearby residents. We already reported on the same-day bus inferno and fatal hit-and-run that transpired over the summer. Not to mention the fleet of buses that motor through the side-streets to accommodate 40-plus pickups/drop-offs. Community Board 3 recognized these concerns, among others, and outright denied a curbside bus stop on Madison Street.

The Department of Transportation followed suit back in August with a denial of their own.

The most common Yep Tour violation that goes unpunished in these parts is unlawful standing. These jokers park up the streets and are rarely ticketed for it.

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Yep Tour Unlawful standing on Canal St.

It’s normal to see Yep Tour buses idling and/or laying over adjacent to the vacant gas station on Pike Street. This is a DOT-designated “no standing zone.”

We’ve also seen unlawful standing on the south side of Canal Street near Division, and outside Seward Park on Essex Street (no standing, M9 bus stop).

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Yep Tour unlawful standing on Pike St.

Where is the enforcement? We had heard some political grandstanding in summer 2014 that the NYPD and DOT were finally enforcing the new regulations foisted upon the Chinatown bus indsustry. It would seem not.

At least not until another pedestrian is killed around here…

That’s why it’s so important to attend the town hall tomorrow night, 6:30pm at 40 Division Street. Speak up and be heard.

And then there’s this – CB3 district manager Susan Stetzer let slip recently that Yep Tour is “being dealt with as we speak.” When asked to clarify this statement as to whether this meant permit revocation, we received a single-word reply; “no.”

By the way, here are the curbside bus violations/penalties 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

Yep, they’re a disaster.

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