February 20, 2014
Like many major cities across the U.S., San Francisco is littered with tour buses on a regular basis. Chartered tour buses packed with sightseers can be found in many different neighborhoods throughout the city on any given day. But tour buses have generated complaint after complaint from residents, not just because the buses are loud, but because many feel they are unsafe.
Last July, a double-decker open-air tour bus veered off the road and struck a low-hanging wire. Five people were hospitalized. "These buses are barely regulated with very few rules to guide them and little recourse for residents whose streets these buses use frequently," said Eric Mar, who sits on the San Francisco City and County Board of Supervisors. In the wake of last July's crash, the Board of Supervisors Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee is holding a hearing on tour buses today. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the hearing will look at the frequency, routes and safety measures of tour buses operating throughout the city.