Passenger rides were suspended since the collision with a bus on the Aurora Bridge in September that killed five and injured dozens. The Seattle Department of Transportation and Ride the Ducks have settled on an agreement that the Aurora Bridge will no longer be part of the route, rather Westlake Avenue to the Fremont Bridge to cross Lake Union. Two drivers are now required aboard—one driver and one tour guide, rather than the driver also guiding the tour.
The State of Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) found 442 safety violations in a Ride the Ducks inspection after the deadly crash. After extensive vehicle testing on land and water without passengers, the UTC has removed its ban on the business operations. Half the fleet will begin normal operations on January 15th, according to Q13 Fox News.
The first two Ride the Ducks tours have already sold out. You can book a tour here.
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