While food trucks are doing growing business across Pittsburgh, many of them are actually violating longstanding city regulations. City Councilman Dan Gilman has introduced proposed revisions of those rules that he believes will make the city more food-truck friendly.
“They bring people to the street, they create vibrancy in our neighborhoods. It brings people out into the community,” Gilman said.
Under existing rules, food trucks are not allowed to park at meters, stay in the same spot more than 30 minutes or be within 500 feet of a competing business.
“I think they’re definitely outdated and things have to be done so there’s a little more freedom than what we have right now. I’s entrepreneurship. It’s really hard to do business the way the regulations are right now,” said Jay Amin of Indian Wheels Inc., which operates three food trucks in the city.
“In reality, our laws don’t address food trucks. Our laws were written decades ago for ice cream trucks,” Gilman told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.
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