Councilman: stricter regulations for tour buses

Councilman: stricter regulations for tour buses

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In Times Square on Friday afternoon, as many as 10 tour buses lined up on Seventh Avenue waiting to pick up the tourists who flock here. 260 double-decker tour buses were inspected this year versus 57 a decade ago.

It was in this chaos of trucks, construction vehicles, cars and tens of thousands of tourists that on Tuesday a tour bus crashed into a light pole and another tour bus, injuring 15. William Dalambert was arrested for driving while ability impaired but released when his medical exam revealed no alcohol or drugs in this system.

The head of the City Council's Transportation Committee wants legislation that would crack down on tour bus drivers. Ydanis Rodriquez wants to have the city Department of Consumer Affairs require bus companies to hire only drivers with less than 3 safety-related driving suspensions every 10 years.

But a Gray Line bus driver, the same company involved in Tuesday's accident, was strongly opposed to suggested legislation.

Tourists were mixed about the stricter requirements for tour bus drivers.

The owner of the buses that crashed would not comment on the possibility of stricter rules.

The nonprofit Times Square Alliance was quoted as saying the accident showed the danger of clustering of tour buses in Times Square.

The Department of Consumer Affairs did not return our request for a comment.

We noticed the light pole that was knocked down Tuesday has been replaced and now has a concrete base.

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