Since the first new school trucks started appearing in New York 3 years ago we've worked hard to shine a light on all the tough barriers to entry they face. From cops to brick and mortar stores to other vendors, starting a food truck in this city is not easy. In addition to the finite number of permits (which are impossible to get without turning to the black market), current laws make it incredibly difficult to find a truly legal spot on the street, and inconsistent (and oftentimes incorrect) enforcement makes it hard for the vendors to know what is permissible and what isn't. And yet, despite all of these issues, food trucks continue to operate and expand... and thankfully food trucks lovers (like us) haven't seen the Government (or the police) take a hard line stance against these new trucks- that is, until now.
Tomorrow afternoon City Council members Jessica Lappin (from the UES) and Karen Koslowitz (from Queens) will introduce a new local law that will give the Department of Health authority to suspend any vending permit issued to a truck with two parking tickets (i.e. feeding the meter or idling) in a 12 month period, and revoke the permit of a truck that receives three parking tickets in a 12 month period. The goal is to get trucks to not idle in parking spaces all day long- but the result will essentially be to put all food trucks out of business.
I spoke with Council Member Lappin earlier today to find out exactly what she hopes to accomplish by doing this...
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