Dan GarodnickNEW YORK CITY, NY – Proposed by City Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), the bill would create specially designated spots for food trucks, but would also ban multiple vehicles from parking on the same block. Truck operators have complained that the bill could limit options and affect jobs.

The city’s food truck free-for-all would end under a new City Council bill to tightly regulate where the trucks can park.

City Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) is proposing to create up to 450 parking spots specially designated for food trucks — and bar them from parking anywhere else on the street.

Garodnick’s legislation, introduced Tuesday, would order the city Transportation Department to choose locations for “food truck zones” — and not allow any more than one spot per block.

“We need to make clear rules that work for the city, for neighborhoods, small businesses and the trucks themselves. Otherwise it’s just the Wild West out there,” Garodnick said. “

[Food trucks] are popular in New York, but we need clear rules.”

The bill would call on the Transportation Department to count the number of food trucks currently operating and create enough parking spots for all existing trucks — plus at least 5% more. Garodnick estimates that there are around 300 to 400 trucks now on city streets and sets a maximum of 450 spots in his bill.

Truck owners would be slapped with a one-time fee when they register for the spaces.Find the entire article by Rich Shapiro and Erin Durkin at the NY Daily News <here>