Bus Bust: Another 3 Yep Tour Buses Seized, Held Ransom for $127K in Fines

Posted on: February 6th, 2017 at 5:03 am by
Photo: NYC Department of Finance

Photo: NYC Department of Finance

Running, police on its back…

The bullseye on Yep Tour’s back is getting bigger by the day. For the third time in the last month, the authorities seized several buses in its fleet, holding three vehicles for six-figures ransom.

If you’re keeping score at home, that brings the total number of confiscated Yep buses to six since the January 12 bust.

The vigilante Chinatown Bus company – deemed one of the worst operators due to its cocky flaunting of the law – was hit last week with an additional $127,051 in fines (plus towing and storage fees). Three buses were nabbed while idling (separately) on both East Broadway and Division Street. They must pay up to reclaim the buses.

Yep Tour bus seized last month, Photo: NYC Sheriff

Yep Tour bus seized last month, Photo: NYC Sheriff

With these latest seizures, the city Sheriff is gradually chipping away at the more than $300,000 in fines accrued for parking violations, and pickup/drop-off without proper permits. Yet, because Yep Tour is incorporated in Massachusetts, they’ve been exploiting a loophole whereby fines are not as easily collected. These actions seem to be antidote to said loophole.

Yep Tour tried again last November to legitimize its operation with an official intercity bus permit. The application proved futile. The CB3 Transportation subcommittee concluded that rewarding a bad actor would set a dangerous precedent for other unchecked bus companies. The motion to deny a permit carried, alongside strongly-worded recommendation to the Department of Transportation to that effect.

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