Downtown Nashville business owners call for more entertainment vehicle regulations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — It’s no surprise that Nashville has become an “it” city for visitors, but now business owners fear the high popularity will come at a cost.

“These transport vehicles accommodate people who drink alcohol, they don’t have a toilet. So what happens when they don’t have a toilet, they come to my museum to use toilets, they urinate on the street, they go to other businesses, so we pay some of that fare,” said Bill Miller, who owns several businesses in downtown Nashville, including the Johnny Cash Museum and Nudes.

At its core, downtown is a high point for tourism, but without regulation, some businesses fear entertainment vehicles will be expensive.

“The number one complaint we receive from convention patrons and leisure visitors is party bus chaos and overserved behavior,” said Butch Spyridon, CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

However, some would argue that Nashville has built a reputation centered around getaways and singles travel. Entertainment vehicles are the main attraction, promising a “Honky Tonk” good time. For months, the owners of these party trucks have been hoping to find some regulatory middle ground, without being bankrupted.

“We’ve never seen a single person fall out of a vehicle except for a guy in 10 years compared to any downtown industry and we’re stellar when it comes to safety,” said said Micheal Winters, president of the Nashville Transportainment Association. , in a previous interview with News 2.

It’s all about safety, noise and traffic, with more than 15,000 people living downtown and 80,000 working downtown every day. Now owners, like Bill Miller, want to see change before it’s too late.

“You either have to put them on routes that don’t interfere with normal traffic flow downtown. You have to have equality when it comes to serving alcohol they have to operate by the same rules as all bars and restaurants it’s just not fair or fair they are one step ahead ”, explained Miller.

Spyridon explained that if the regulations are strictly enforced, it could affect other forms of revenue. He explained: “I believe the number one thing is our convention business, it’s 40% of our business, and if we lose it it will take at least a decade to get it back.”

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The Transportation Licensing Committee is to meet and discuss rules and regulations for entertainment businesses and vehicles. The meeting is scheduled to take place on April 28, 2022. The business owners, along with Safe Fun Nashville, say they are eager to hear how the city plans to prioritize safety.

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