DOT Notice of Adoption--Traffic Rules Amendment relating to sight-seeing bus stops

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Download Copy of Adopted Rule (.pdf): 

Local Law 175 of 2018 amended Title 19 of the New York City Administrative Code (the “Ad Code”) by adding a new section 19-175.6, which requires sight-seeing bus operators to apply for on-street Bus Stop Permits from DOT. The proposed changes conform DOT’S Traffic Rules to the aforementioned Ad Code changes and additionally, update the parkway permit restrictions to allow heavier vehicles on portions of the Belt Parkway.

Specifically, the proposed rule:

  • Amends Section 4-01(b) by adding a new definition for “Shuttle bus”. 
  • Amends Section 4-07(j)(3)(i) by removing the weight restriction for the Belt Parkway.
  • Amends Section 4-10(c) by requiring that bus stops must be assigned by DOT under a permit system.
  • Repeals Section 4-10(j) and replace it with a new section 4-10(j) requiring the owner or operator of a sight-seeing bus, shuttle bus, or public transportation bus, that makes on-street stops to pick up or discharge passengers in the City of New York, to obtain a Bus Stop Permit from DOT for each on-street bus stop location .

Based on DOT’s final review of the rule and comments received from the public, reference to the existing DOT’s Traffic Rules section 4-12(j)(1) was removed, an additional initial application requirement was added, the number of violations issued to an applicant or a Bus Stop Permit holder was changed to take into consideration the number of buses a company has in service, and another reason for suspending or revoking a Bus Stop Permit was added.