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Touring Musicians: Bus and Trailer Combos Are Now Illegal in NYC

17 October 2009 3 Comments

By: Andrew Bilach

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I ask that all touring musicians, and management, that read All Knowing Force take note of this and pass it along. New York City is at it again. They can’t manage a budget, so they base everything on non-compliance. Don’t become a victim.

Bus trailer combos are over length according to the NYCDOT and will be detained and cited. Each citation carries a fine of $330.

According to Mary Norman, Safety Director at Roberts Brothers Coach, citing NYC ordinance 4-15 (b) (4), the maximum length of a irreducible vehicle operating within the city is 55 feet.

Irreducible vehicles (semi-trucks) entering the city must obtain a permit.

It has been determined that tour buses pulling trailers are reducible which makes them illegal.

NO PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR REDUCIBLE VEHICLES IN EXCESS OF 55 FEET IN LENGTH. In other words, you cannot be made legal to operate a bus/trailer combo inside New York City.

Diana Neal, spokesperson for the NYCDOT stated the only legal way for a trailer to go into the city is to be separated from the Motor Coach and “hire” someone else with a truck tractor to pull the trailer to the venues. It is quite possible that Michael Bloomberg, our animal pig mayor owns a stake in these other companies that will have to be hired.

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Up until now the ordinance has not been enforced but recently all law enforcement personnel has been informed to immediately begin issuing citations and do so until further notice.

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  • John said:

    This is terrible for all traveling musicians! All this is going to do is make whatever the venue was paying the bands higher, which in turn will make the tickets higher, which is bad for the fans, and for the bands, and venue, as less people will go. Stupid stupid law.

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  • Vinny said:

    Ticket prices will definitely get jacked up because of this, so when all is said and done us NY’ers will be spending $90 to see a $15 show thanks to service fees and crap taxes!

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