Boston today lifted its moratorium on new permits for sightseeing vehicles.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says there's no longer any reason to limit the number of permits for tour vehicles given that the original reason for the moratorium - the Big Dig - is long finished. The moratorium went into effect in 1998.
In February, a Medford man sued Boston in federal court over the ban on new licenses. Assuming the city's decision today doesn't make that case moot, it wasn't even scheduled for pre-trial motions before May, 2010.