DC Food Truck Association Provides Support Toolkit
The DC Food Truck Association has released a toolkit for supports of new Washington DC food truck laws. According to the DCFTA, 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!
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 are a significant improvement over the current regulations, and the Washington, DC Food Trucks Association supports passage of Mayor Gray’s proposed new regulations. But we need your help to pass new food truck regulations! The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is collecting public comment about the proposed new regulations until February 18, 2012.
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 February 18, 2012. Please tell the government of the District of Columbia to pass new food truck regulations now!
Five Things You Can Do to Help Pass New Regs:
1) Voice your support at www.PassNewRegs.org today!
2) Send your personal letter about why you support the proposed new regulations to
3) Print and display the “Pass New Regs” poster at school and/or work.
4) Print and distribute “Pass New Regs” handouts to your friends and co-workers.
5) Let everyone know over Twitter and Facebook why you support the proposed new
regulations and let them know how they can support them too!
Download your copy of the toolkit <here>