Food Trucks Thank Committee for Rejecting Proposed Regulations

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From The Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington:

Food trucks today thanked members of the DC Council Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (BCRA) for rejecting Mayor Vincent Grays’s proposed new food truck regulations.

“We’re deeply grateful to Councilmembers Graham, Grosso, Alexander, Cheh and Committee Chairman Orange for their strong support,” said Doug Povich, Chairman of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington and co-owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound-DC.

“We’re ready to work with the District and community to make the needed revisions to the current proposal. We hope the Council will be able to consider an improved version of these regulations as soon as possible.”

If adopted as currently written, May Gray’s proposed regulations result in fewer choices, less competition, food trucks closing and food truck employees losing jobs.

“The committee is absolutely right to recommend that the full council reject these anti-competitive regulations, which contain harmful and unnecessary restrictions on food-truck entrepreneurs’ ability to serve their customers and earn an honest living,” said Bert Gall, director of the Institute for Justice’s National Street Vending Initiative. “We urge the city to take this opportunity to create commonsense regulations that are focused only on the government’s proper role in protecting public health and safety, not the unconstitutional purpose of limiting competition.”

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  • FTAMW = 1 … your move RAMW

  • *sigh* No food trucks for my little corner of the city.

  • This is all about real estate property values and high commercial rental prices in downtown DC. The big property owners don’t like the competition because commercial rents – the most profitable and expensive on a sq ft basis – will go down as consumer options increase. This has less to do with the restaurant industry and everything to do with downtown developers and commercial bldg owners (the real power players in this city).

    • Or it’s about other parts of the city having access to food trucks that don’t already.

      • No, it’s not. The proposal wouldn’t allow the trucks to move throughout the day. They would need to remain in the same spot for the day.

        That accomplishes the opposite of what you’re advocating.

        • PDleftMtP

          27 food trucks at Farragut also accomplishes the opposite. There’s probably a middle ground here.

          • That’s what I meant. Send some food trucks over here to SE. There are tons of people working here, and hardly any brick-and-mortars to compete with.

          • I’m not sure why you’re complaining to me about this when you can easily write all the food trucks yourselves. They have very responsive social media presences. Get a bunch of names on a petition and send it to your 5 favorite trucks. They’ll respond and take notice. If there’s money to be made in SE, then they will get there.

            Still, the fact that the food trucks couldn’t change locations in a single day was ridiculous and totally undermines your desired outcome.

            PS – I grabbed lunch at Farragut today and there were exactly 16 food trucks (I counted). The square really can’t handle any more than that. It’s first come, first served when they snag their spots. If a food truck comes late, they’re SOL and need to go elsewhere. I got no problem with that.

          • do you really think that if the food trucks could make more money in your area they wouldn’t show up there? From what I’ve seen the food trucks are an econ 101 lesson.

  • Good. That proposal was ridiculously punitive and deserved to fail. I love that we have such a diverse assortment of food truck options and would be sad to see that change.

  • The pictured Carnivore BBQ truck serves by far the best BBQ brisket I’ve had in this area.

  • What part of the constitution protects competition?

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