NEW YORK (WPIX)—The city is looking to muzzle tour guides on board sightseeing buses, due to an uptick in noise complaints from pedestrians and residents, according to a report in The Daily News.
A representative from the Consumer Affairs Department testified Monday in favor of equipping buses with headphone-only systems at a City Council hearing.
The plan is set up to "ensure that the tour guide's voice is only audible to those on the bus... and cannot be heard by those on the sidewalk and in nearby buildings," according to a department report.
Consumer Affairs says the noise has been driving people up the wall, and representatives got an earful recently at a community meeting. "The tours' narrations was disrupting the peace and tranquility of their neighborhoods and apartments," the was told.
According to the Daily News, most of the complaints come from people living in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the West Village neighborhoods. Also, they've been griping about the noise from idling buses and nosey tourists peeping into second-story apartments from their perch atop the buses.
But, tour guides and industry representatives are poo-pooing the complaints, saying the headphone-only system is too expensive to implement. They also pointed out possible safety issues in making headset-only public announcements.
The Council hasn't set a date yet for a final vote.