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The Food Truck Business Stinks


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David Weber, president of the New York City Food Truck Association, explained despite the inherent attractiveness of cute trucks and clever food options, the business stinks. 

I wondered why. Then I read this:

There are numerous (and sometimes conflicting) regulations required by the departments of Health, Sanitation, Transportation and Consumer Affairs. These rules are enforced, with varying consistency, by the New York Police Department. As a result, according to City Councilman Dan Garodnick, it’s nearly impossible (even if you fill out the right paperwork) to operate a truck without breaking some law. Trucks can’t sell food if they’re parked in a metered space . . . or if they’re within 200 feet of a school . . . or within 500 feet of a public market . . . and so on.

Everyone is breaking some law, and enforcement is inconsistent.

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