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Hollywood Tour Buses Might Get Banned From Some Ritzy Neighborhoods

A double decker tour bus in Hollywood
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Los Angeles is taking a step toward limiting the streets on which tour buses can drive. After months of discussion, the L.A. City Council’s Trade, Travel and Tourism committee advanced a motion Tuesday that would grant authority to the L.A. Department of Transportation to decide which streets are off limits.

The Hollywood Hills are among the most popular routes for tour buses. But according to one tour bus operator, if limitations are imposed, tourists are the ones who will suffer.

“If we are prevented from being able to go anywhere in the Hollywood Hills at any time, it's not so much a loss for us – we're gonna go to other streets,” Jeff Napshin, the President and CEO of Star Track Tours, told KPCC/LAist media partner NBC4. “What's gonna happen is that view, that experience that visitors from all over the world want and want to experience of L.A., they're not gonna have that opportunity.”

Some residents, however, are in favor of the regulations, noting that tour bus operators often overstep their boundaries.

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“They've been violating privacy,” said Hollywood Hills resident Anastasia Mann. “They literally pull into people's driveways and let tourists get out and look in windows.”

The motion now moves to the full city council.