Last year, New York City began requiring that all long distance busses have a permit to operate in the city. On August 15th, the grace period to acquire those permits will be over, reports DNAinfo. Busses operating illegally, as many still do in Chinatown, will face fines between $500 to $2,500 for repeat offenses, according to the DOT’s website.

The manager of YO! Bus, one of the few Chinatown busses that have not been shut down, thinks the enforcement will be positive. “I would like to think as you get more companies that are properly registered down there, customers will feel safer and people in the community will feel more comfortable,” he told DNAinfo. (Photo: Emmanuel N.)