2004-07-02 / Community

City To Target Illegal Amusement Rides

City To Target Illegal Amusement Rides

The New York City Departments of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and Buildings (DOB) have announced that inspectors from both agencies will step-up enforcement this summer against unlicensed amusement rides at summer street fairs, block parties, and festivals citywide. Temporary rides including, Ferris Wheels, Swings, Tilt-a-Whirls, and Carousels, must be licensed by the DCA and pass inspection by the DOB’s Elevator Division each time they relocate.

"Thank heavens for summer in the City with street fairs and block parties, but the amusement rides set up for these special events need to be safe," said DCA Commissioner Gretchen Dykstra. "At DCA we make it easy for operators and safe for consumers. Our inspectors are making unannounced visits checking fair ride licenses and insurance, and will continue to do so throughout the season."

DOB inspectors will perform more than 2,000 total inspections during the amusement park/carnival season, including unannounced spot checks. Operators who violate the law will face maximum penalties of $100 per day of unlicensed activity, and rides without a license must be taken down immediately.

For more information, amusement ride operators and street fair/block party organizers are encouraged to call 311 or visit the city’s website at www.nyc.gov.

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