Thursday Auction Set For Three Buses Owned By Yep Tour, Inc. (Updated)

Photo via NYC Sheriff Twitter feed. January 2017.

Photo via NYC Sheriff Twitter feed. January 2017.

Yep Tour, Inc. is apparently going to be paying a heavy price this week for years of illegal operations in Chinatown and on the Lower East Side. An auction has been scheduled for three of the intercity carrier’s buses at JFK Airport on Thursday.

While state law requires private bus companies to obtain permits for loading and unloading on city streets, Yep has been using locations along Pike Street and East Broadway for years without permission. Through the efforts of State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Community Board 3, the NYC Sheriff recently began an aggressive enforcement action against Yep. At least half a dozen buses have been seized because the company, according to the senator, has racked up $300,000 in unpaid fines.

In an online advertisement, auctioneer Dennis Alestra says he’ll conduct the cash-only auction at noon on Thursday for two year 2004 “passenger coach buses” and one year 2000 “passenger coach bus.” The notice references a court judgment against Yep.

UPDATE 1/16/2017: This auction has been delayed by the courts.

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Yep applied for a permit at 2 Pike St. but the SPaCE Block Association and CB3 opposed the application on the grounds that the company has been ignoring the law for such a long period of time. The city’s Department of Transportation rejected the permit request.