NEW YORK – Companies that run New York City's growing armada of double-decker sightseeing buses have no legal obligation to report accidents to the city agency that licenses them.
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The city's Consumer Affairs Department disclosed the loophole to The Associated Press as scrutiny of the industry intensified following a crash in Times Square last week that sent 14 people to the hospital.
A spokeswoman says city law doesn't require companies to report accidents to the department.
It's one of at least five government entities that play a role in regulating the buses.
They're popular with tourists and detested by locals as a traffic nuisance.
The lack of accident reporting is one of several gaps in the regulation of the city's booming sightseeing bus industry..