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04/18/13

Council Passes Food Truck Changes

The New Orleans City Council passed new rules for food trucks Thursday.

As many as 75 more food trucks will be allowed to work in the city but their permits will only be good for one year.

They have to operate at least 200 feet from restaurants and are prohibited in the French Quarter, CBD and parts of Frenchmen Street.

The trucks will be allowed to park in one area for four hours.

“After many months of working with my colleagues on the Council, the Food Truck Coalition, small business development organizations, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, the State Department of Health and Hospitals, and others, I am pleased that we have finally made some long-overdue updates to the City’s mobile vending laws.” Council President Stacy Head said.

 

Food Truck Operators are planning their remote Super Bowl strategy.

They had hoped changes to a city ordinance would allow them better access to sell their wares, but the process to amend the food truck law has only just begun.

New Orleans City Council President Stacy Head has introduced proposed changes that would change the food truck ordinance.

If passed the number of food truck permits would go from 100 to 200.

Trucks would be allowed to park for 4 hours instead of 45 minutes at a time.

The buffer zone from restaurants would go from 600 feet to 50 feet.

By Wednesday the proposed changes had reportedly already garnered 200 signatures in opposition.

Some restaurant owners argue the changes wound allow food truck vendors to cut into their profits.

But one restaurant owner who has gone on record speaking against the proposed changes supports the use of food trucks during special events.

“I think when the city has special events like Sugar Bowl, Super Bowl, National Championship, Mardi Gras — this is a huge amount of people that come in the hundreds of thousands and that’s when a good truck is necessary. I’m completely for it. I think the city should allow them to be in the CDB and capture some of the business,” said Ruben Laws.

The proposed changes are still under consideration in city council.

The issue will not come to a vote until late February.

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