WASHINGTON, December 2, 2013 — This week, Washington DC implemented new rules for food trucks that operate in the city. The requirements include dedicated spots for food trucks, and a lottery system by which the locations are assigned. There are 95 spots available in eight locations, including Farragut Square, Franklin Square, George Washington University, L’Enfant Plaza, Capitol Riverfront, Metro Center, Union Station, and Virginia Avenue/State Department.
The new rules are not popular with some, even resulting in a critical response from the Editorial Board of the Washington Post, who said of the rules “Now District regulators are threatening to choke [the food trucks’ industry] growth…
“Food truck associations from across the country wrote a letter to the D.C. Council warning that the regulations “would transform the District overnight from a leader in mobile vending to one of the worst food-truck cities in the nation.” Some food truck operators are threatening to bolt the District for what they see as more hospitable environs in Arlington, while others fear they may go out of business.”
Supporters of the new regulations point to its smooth roll out. “By and large, we’re very pleased with the way this has rolled out so far,” said Doug Povich, co-owner of the Red Hook Lobster Pound trucks and chairman of the DMV Food Truck Association, to the Washington Business Journal. “The trucks I’ve spoken with here are happy they don’t have to get here at 9:30 [a.m.] and fight for spaces.”
According to the Washingtonian, the regulations are backed by strict penalties, “Approximately 200 food trucks are licensed in DC, 107 of which have been allocated spots. There are a total of 95 parking spaces available per day; some food trucks were randomly given spots for four days a week, while others received five. Food trucks that missed the deadline for December will not be able to park at or within 200 feet of prime areas like Farragut Square, and are subject to a $1,000 fine if they do.”
“It’s going to affect us very badly,” said Pervais Hamza, the operator of the Halal Grill food truck, to the Washingtonian, complaining about the long wait for the next round of the lottery. “We don’t know what we are going to do until January. A lot of other trucks are giving up.”Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2013 Communities Digital News
• The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or management of Communities Digital News.
This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.