GREENSBURG, PA – Greensburg council approved a strict ordinance regulating food trucks Monday, despite objections from local food truck owners.

“We felt in the end that we needed to protect our brick-and-mortar facilities,” said Mayor Robert Bell.

The ordinance states that food trucks can operate on city streets only from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The trucks can operate on private property outside these hours, but only if they are at least 500 feet from existing brick-and-mortar restaurants.

The distance restriction all but bans food trucks from private property in the city, while the fixed hours eliminate all but the late-night bar crowd, said Bobby Fry, who owns Swing Truck.

“It means we’re forced to do all of the things that we’re doing essentially in Hempfield,” he said.

Fry said he contacted city officials several times to set up a meeting to discuss the proposed ordinance and was rebuffed.

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