New Laws on Sightseeing Duck Boat Tours Voted On


By Bob Katzen

DUCK BOAT TOURS (S 2473) – The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a measure that would prohibit a driver of any amphibious sightseeing vehicle, commonly known as Duck Boats, from providing commentary about the tour while driving. Companies would be required to add a second worker to narrate the tour. 

   The proposal would also require the vehicle to be equipped with safety equipment including blind spot cameras and proximity sensors. Violators would be fined up to $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for any subsequent offenses. The bill also requires the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to set new rules for the operation of duck boats by April 1, 2017.

    The bill was filed in June in response to the tragic death in April in which a Duck Boat struck and killed Allison Warmuth. The vehicle ran over Allison’s moped near her Beacon Hill residence, killing the graduate of Messiah College, a Christian school in Pennsylvania, who was a senior underwriter for hospitals and medical practices.

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