Council to Move Forward Bus Bill
March 23rd, 2011
The City Council is voting on a home rule message today that would give Albany the authority to pass legislation to require the regulation of intercity buses.
The move is an indication that the legislation will be approved in Albany.
The bill, introduced in Albany in February by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, would require discount buses register with the city. It would affect the types of discount buses involved in recent fatal accidents in New Jersey and in the Bronx. Supporters say it would give city officials a better indication of who is operating what vehicles, from where and when.
Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is charged with monitoring safety conditions on these vehicles. Council officials said the bill would not regulate safety and would not supersede federal authority.
The City Council must approve a home rule message before the legislation can move in Albany.By Courtney Gross on March 23, 2011, 2:35 pm
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