GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As food trucks roll out onto Grand Rapids streets this spring, some vendors are already raising concerns about the new pilot program.

This spring will be the first full test of the city’s new pilot ordinance for mobile food vendors – which was passed last year and went into effect just after ArtPrize.

But a handful of vendors have complained to the city about the cost to food trucks to park on the street. Vendors have to file a request with the city for the spaces so that the meters can be hooded. That comes with a cost that some trucks are finding to be too high.

When Lauren D’Angelo parks her burger truck, Patty Matters, at a favorite late-night spot like The Intersection, she has to pay the city’s parking department to hood two parking meters – a cost of $50. That’s $20 per meter, as well as a $10 service fee to put the hoods on.

It gains her access to those spots for a full 24 hours, though the truck will only be there for a fraction of that time.

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