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Safe Fun Nashville calls on stronger rule enforcements for downtown party buses

WZTV - Nashville 9/22/2022 Sydney Keller
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Safe Fun Nashville is calling on stronger enforcements to existing rules for Nashville party buses.

The coalition is urging the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission (TLC) to enforce rules that currently exist that Safe Fun Nashville says are not being enforced. This come as Metro officials plan to meet Thursday to discuss additional new rules for local entertainment party buses. 

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Jim Schmitz, a downtown resident and co-organizer of Safe Fun Nashville, says that part bus operators are not following regulations including the two-hour afternoon rush hour ban. 

Many are blatantly ignoring the designated hours of operation and remain unwilling to make modifications in accordance with the TLC guidelines. Since day one, operators have refused to meet noise level requirements, and there is no indication they will make any effort to do so moving forward. There must be repercussions for bad behavior.

                -Co-organizer of Safe Fun Nashville Jim Schmitz

Schmitz added that Safe Fun Nashville has seen operators break rules and they have reported all the actions to hubNashville. 

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Safe Fun Nashville is calling on commissioners and the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) to enforce these regulations reportedly being broken with a zero-tolerance policy. Schmitz continues to emphasize the importance of regulations being enforced for the downtown environment.

The future and reputation of Nashville is at risk if these rules are not fully enforced. Change must happen, and it must happen now.

The grace period for enclosures and liquor liability insurance expires on Oct. 3. Safe Fun Nashville says most party bus operators have still not met these requirements. 

The coalition will continue to monitor the TLC and MNPD’s response to any violations as the new rules take effect.

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