ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Food truck owners in Albuquerque may be seeing tighter permitting rules under an ordinance making its way through City Hall.
KOB-TV reports the measure would require food trucks obtain permits to operate on city streets, set a 100-foot minimum buffer between where they can park and other restaurants, and limit parking time to four hours.
Ordinance sponsor and councilman Isaac Benton says Albuquerque has a growing food truck industry that isn’t regulated as it is in many cities in the country.
He says the price of a food truck permit would cover parking costs.
The ordinance is less restrictive for trucks operating on private property with the owners’ permission.
The ABQ Food Trucks Association said in a statement that this is just the first step in banning mobile food businesses.
Zoning commission members are set to take up the issue Wednesday evening.