Hey DC Gov: Pass New Food Truck Regs Now!
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DC Gov
Councilmember
Hon. Vincent Orange
Councilmember
Hon Michael A. Brown
Councilmember
Hon. David Catania
Councilmember
Hon. Mary Cheh
Councilmember
Hon. Jack Evans
Mayor of Washington DC
MAyor Vincent Gray
Councilmember
Hon. Marion Barry
Councilmember
Hon. Yvette Alexander
Councilmember
Hon. Tommy Wells
Councilmember
Hon. Muriel Bowser
Councilmember
Hon. Jim Graham
Councilmember
Hon. Phil Mendelson

Hey DC Gov: Pass New Food Truck Regs Now!

    1. Petition by

      DC Food Truck Association

Washington, DC is changing food truck regulations. But powerful special interest groups are trying to severely restrict where and how District diners can enjoy food trucks – or worse yet, close these small businesses all together!

Background

On January 20, 2012, Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray proposed new rules to update the 30-year-old regulations governing food trucks.

Overall, the proposed rules issued by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs are a significant improvement over the current regulations, which state that food trucks can only stop where people “hail” them (similar to an ice cream truck) and must close and leave if no one is waiting in line.

The proposed regulations would allow food trucks to remain open without being hailed and without a line. However, the proposed regulations also have rules that threaten these new and innovative small businesses:

• Limiting Sweets Trucks to 10 Minutes: The proposed regulations allow dessert trucks to be open for only 10 minutes if there are no waiting customers. Sweets food trucks should be allowed to be open as long as savory food trucks.

• Zoning of Food Trucks: The new regulations propose to create Vending Development Zones. The goals of these zones are worthy. However, Vending Development Zones must not be manipulated by special interest to create “Food Truck-Free Zones” that eliminate consumer choice or fair competition.

• Shorter Hours for Food Trucks Than for Restaurants: The proposed regulations require food trucks to close at 10 pm on weekdays and 1 am on weekends. Food trucks should be allowed to be open the same hours as restaurants.

The Washington, DC Food Trucks Association supports passage of Mayor Gray’s proposed new regulations with these issues addressed.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is collecting public comment about the proposed new regulations until March 03, 2012. Please tell the government of the District of Columbia to pass new food truck regulations now! 

 

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    • Lizzy Tomber ST. LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe in choices

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    • Jahna Hartwig SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      The food trucks are a fantastic addition to downtown DC. We should do everything we can to encourage their continued success.

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    • Justin Kramer WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Food trucks provide an option for lunch in places without much options, leading me to spend more money in DC as opposed to brining lunch from out of state.

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    • Krystal Wilson ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I work in an area with incredibly limited "brick and mortar" food options. Food trucks provide much needed variety. That they provide competition to the few restaurants here is a good thing. Those places should not have a monopoly on all of the government and private workers eating lunch in the neighborhood.

      Also, food trucks contribute to the city by encouraging workers to get outside, walk around, and take a short break. They are part of a growing food culture in DC that needs to be encouraged.

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    • Matthew Wardian ARLINGTON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I work and frequent food trucks in DC and they are one of the great things about our city. I do not see why we cannot have world-class food trucks and restaurants.

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