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NYC Consumer Affairs Dept. in favor of licensing carwashes

June 20, 2014
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GRAPEVINE, Texas — There has been a recently proposed bill for carwashes to need licenses and a $300,000 surety bond in NYC, and the Department of Consumer Affairs came out in favor of it during testimony to the city council on Thursday, according to the Epoch Times.

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“We believe that this licensing scheme is a step in the right direction to improving the industry for carwash customers, owners, and workers,” said Julie Menin, the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The license would cost $550 under the proposed bill; carwashes would also need to provide a $300,000 surety bond, notes the article.

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A 2010 NY State Department of Labor report stated around 80 percent of carwashes in NYC were suspected of serious wage violations. The report highlighted abuses such as pay below the minimum wage, improper payment of overtime and employees putting in over 70 hour work weeks.  

“Our goal is to have carwashes follow the relevant city, state, and federal laws,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito,

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