FILE- In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, woman, her arm bandaged and in a sling, leaves after being treated at the scene of a traffic accident apparently involving two double-decker tour buses in New York's Times Square. Although sightseeing buses are proliferating all over New York City, no single agency is charged with making sure their drivers and equipment are safe. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) (The Associated Press)
FILE- In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, two double-decker tour buses sit at the corner of 47th Street and 7th Avenue in New York’s Times Square after colliding and injuring several people. Although the number of sight-seeing busses on New York City streets is growing, there is no single agency responsible for monitoring the qualifications of their drivers, the safety of their equipment or their impact on the already busy city streets. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) (The Associated Press)
FILE- In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo downloaded off the New York City Fire Department Twitter Site, emergency personnel respond to a collision between two double-decker busses on New York City’s Times Square. There is no single agency charged with regulating the safety of the tour buses in New York City or their impact on the city’s streets. (AP Photo/New York City Fire Department, File) (The Associated Press)
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.
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..