Starline tour bus with double-decker open top seats parked on a street in Hollywood.
A Star Line tour bus in Hollywood with an open-air top deck. Photo by John Schreiber.

Tour bus operators in Los Angeles could face new route and noise restrictions under two motions approved unanimously Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee.

The motions would require the use of headphones for passengers on all tour buses rather than using loudspeakers, and would direct city staff to study which streets are unsafe for tour buses to drive on and report back with recommendations.

Councilman David Ryu, whose district includes the Hollywood Hills, introduced both motions on Sept. 29 after Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB25, which grants California municipalities more power to regulate tour bus operators.

“This has been an issue in my district for years,” he said of the street safety motion. “Every day, dozens of these tour buses wind up narrow hillside roads that simply were not built for this kind of use.”

Ryu said he was “proud to see my colleagues on the Transportation Committee pass these much needed reforms for the tour bus industry, and put motorist, pedestrian and resident safety first.”

The motions now go to the full City Council for consideration.

–City News Service

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