Amendments to the Rules for the Intercity Bus Permit System

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Effective Date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The intercity bus industry has grown significantly over the last fifteen years. While intercity buses provide a useful service, their on-street operations can cause serious disruption to the local traffic network and risks to public safety. In certain communities within the City, the proliferation of these buses has led to an increase in traffic and sidewalk congestion; a higher concentration of on-street bus parking, double parking or blocking of travel lanes; and the creation of traffic and safety concerns for drivers, travelers, pedestrians and residents.

 

In an effort to help address these concerns, New York State adopted Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Section 1642-a, which authorized the City to establish an intercity bus permit system inclusive of a schedule of fines or civil penalties for violations of rules related to the system. The Parking Violations Bureau (PVB), a part of the Department of Finance (DOF), is authorized to adjudicate violations of the DOT intercity bus permit system rules pursuant to Section 1642-a and Article 2-B of the VTL. 

 

On April 10, 2013, the Mayor issued a letter designating the DOT to promulgate rules to implement and enforce the intercity bus permit system, and DOT has subsequently promulgated such rules (the “DOT intercity bus permit system rules”), found at 34 RCNY §§ 4-01 and 4-10. The Mayor also designated the DOF and the ECB to promulgate rules setting forth fines or civil penalties for violations of the DOT intercity bus permit system rules.

 

In coordination with the DOT and the New York City Police Department (NYPD), both DOF and ECB intend to establish penalty schedules for violations of the DOT intercity bus permit system rules as part of a coordinated enforcement scheme.  In this rulemaking, DOF will amend 19 RCNY § 39-05 to add civil penalties for such DOT violations returnable to the PVB. Violations of such enforcement codes will result in a civil penalty of $500 for each violation.  It is anticipated that in a separate rulemaking, ECB will amend its DOT penalty schedule to include enforcement codes resulting in a civil penalty for first violations and enhanced penalties for repeat violators of the DOT intercity bus permit system rules, including violators of the DOF enforcement codes.