Sightseeing buses that are licensed by the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) and are equipped with engines that are over three years old (as of 2007) must use the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) for reducing the emission of pollutants into the air. Diesel fuel-powered sightseeing buses that are equipped with engines meeting 2007 emission standards are meeting BART.A sight-seeing bus, as defined in the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Title 15, Chapter 25, is a vehicle that carries eight or more passengers and operates for hire from a fixed point in the City to a place of interest or amusement. It also includes vehicles that are contracted for specific or special trips and / or excursions from a starting point within the New York City.
BART means the use of technology, verified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) or the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to reduce the emission of pollutants into the air. Such technology must also achieve the greatest reduction in emissions of nitrogen oxides at a reasonable cost (it should not cost thirty percent more than other technology applicable to the particular engine).
Failure to comply with the rules concerning the use of emissions control technology on sightseeing buses might result in significant financial penalties, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, as set forth in the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY) Title 15, Air Code Penalty Schedule.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Bureau of Environmental Compliance
59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Emissions Control Technology on Sightseeing Buses