Yep Tour Chinatown Buses Seized, Forced to Pay $15K in Fines
Opposition continues to mount in the ongoing battle against illegally operating intercity buses.
Back in November, the CB3 Transportation subcommittee denied Yep Tour a permit to operate on Pike Street and East Broadway, as it would set a dangerous precedent for other unchecked bus companies. The motion to deny carried, though Yep Tour nevertheless stayed classy in admitting that they’d continue to operate even if a permit remained elusive.
Apparently other government agencies are now descending on Yep’s illegal Chinatown bus biz. Last Wednesday, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the NYC Sheriff seized two Yep Tour’s buses in connection with $11,000 (plus $4,000 in administration fees, collected at time of seizure), in addition to the more than $300K in tickets owed. Unpaid to date, according to the NYC Department of Finance. But because Yep is incorporated in Massachusetts, they’ve been exploiting a loophole whereby fines are not as easily collected.
Squadron penned the Intercity Bus law in 2012, with the intention of cracking down on “the wild west of buses operating illegally on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown.” Seems like the cracking has finally begun.
“There’s a new Sheriff in town, and it’s the same sheriff who has been doing great work all across the city,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “The days of intercity buses operating like the wild west in our communities are numbered. Since writing the intercity bus law, I have stayed on the case to ensure it actually works – from writing the rules to routing 311 calls correctly to ensuring NYPD enforcement to involving the Sheriff. Thank you for the extraordinary work of the Sheriff, and the 5th and 7th precincts as well as NYC DOT, Department of Finance, Rep. Velázquez, Borough President Brewer, Councilmember Chin, the NYPD — particularly the 5th and 7th precincts — and the community deserve real credit and thanks for their years-long efforts to solve a complex problem.”