New duck boat safety rules approved in Massachusetts

By: The Associated Press

BOSTON, M.A. – New regulations for amphibious sightseeing vehicles, more commonly known as duck boats, are set to take effect next spring in Massachusetts.              

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the law which requires all duck boat operators to separate the responsibilities of driver and tour guide. The measure approved by the Legislature will also require the vehicles popular with tourists to be equipped with blind spot cameras and proximity sensors.              

The parents of Allison Warmuth pushed for the law after the 28-year-old was struck and killed by a Boston Duck Tours vehicle earlier this year while she was riding a scooter near Boston Common.              

The company has since announced that it will no longer allow drivers to simultaneously narrate tours.               

The law signed last week by Baker officially takes effect April 1st, 2017.

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