(Sacramento, CA) Today, the Modified Tour Buses Act (AB 25) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 25 strengthens the ability for local jurisdictions to restrict routes and allows the reduction of noise pollution by prohibiting operators to use loudspeakers on tour buses that have had their roof removed.
“Allowing local governments to restrict tour buses from dangerous streets will save lives and increase the quality of life for homeowners,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “AB 25 gives locals more flexibility and enforcement capabilities to curb bad tour bus operators.”
Modified, roof-less, tour buses create a significant safety concern both to the passengers of these buses and for residents. In fact, in August, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters to roof-less tour bus operators expressing concerns about the safety risks in a rollover accident and noted that seat belt modifications necessitated by removing the roof may affect the overall safety of the seat belts.
AB 25 has three key components:
- Defines a ‘tour bus,’ as either a bus operated by a charter party carrier or a passenger stage corporation that has had its roof modified or removed, or has had other major structural modifications on its roof.
- Authorizes local jurisdictions to restrict the routes or streets upon which modified tour buses may be operated if the jurisdiction determines that it is unsafe to operate on those routes.
- Authorizes locals to adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution to prohibit the use of loudspeakers or public address systems by a modified tour bus.
Adrin Nazarian represents the 46th Assembly District, serving the San Fernando Valley communities of Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village.
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