City Council silences tour buses
The New York City Council is considering a bill that would silence the hundreds of double-decker tour buses that roll through the streets by requiring a headphone system to replace loudspeakers.
The council votes on the legislation on Thursday afternoon.
Beginning in April 2012, the law would require any new bus licensed by the city's consumer affairs department to have a headphone system.
All buses citywide would have to have the system by 2022.
Tour bus companies say it will be costly. They also say New York City is just a noisy town.
Residents in neighbourhoods on the bus routes have complained about the loudspeakers for years.
They say they hear them multiple times a day, starting early in the morning.