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Freeing Pittsburgh’s food trucks from the city’s regulations

Pittsburgh now has a thriving food truck scene, but the mobile businesses are faced with a number of pro-restaurant city regulations that make it hard for food trucks to operate, including a 30-minute parking limit for food trucks and various proximity restrictions.  Fortunately, city council member Bill Peduto has introduced legislation that would make Pittsburgh a more “food truck friendly” city.  Watch the video above for more information and see this post at Reason.

5 thoughts on “Freeing Pittsburgh’s food trucks from the city’s regulations

  1. Mr. Peduto obviously has no clue. How does he think he will finance a career in politics by INCREASING competition and driving down prices for consumers? Businesses and unions pay good money to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  2. well… now i just want a big ole pile of pierogi and a big fat hot dog. I’ve actually visited Poland. REAL pierogi is unbelievably good!

  3. Even better would be if states and cities would do all possible to legalize street vendors, push carts. Food would be better and cheaper.

    Ain’t going to happen. The worst offenders of commercial freedoms are state and local governments.

    De-licensing the legal trade is another great idea.

    You won’t hear much about these ideas from our political parties. Crony capitalism defines local, state and national government.

    • But the local fixed location restaraunts also don’t want this. A question might occur do the food trucks pay a fee for using the city parking spaces? Just like the brick and mortar stores are winning the sales tax war with mail order, traditional restaurants and even fast food would say the playing field is uneven as the food trucks do not pay as much to the city as a fixed location restaurant. Since its more money to the cities, they will restrict the food trucks until the food trucks pay about as much as the fixed location places to the cities and schools. (I am assuming here that the health dept already inspects the trucks for food safety)

      • How are the food trucks finding parking places in these cities? I don’t go into cities with my 1-ton dual-wheel pickup truck that is 22 foot long because I can’t find a parking place for it and the food trucks are longer than my truck. I’ve tried both downtown Chicago and Washington D.C. and will not go back with my truck. UPS and FedEx both block a lane to deliver packages in those cities, but I can’t see food trucks doing that with their pedestrian traffic. Are cities redesigning downtown parking to accommodate food trucks by removing existing car parking spaces?

        A standard parking space is 9 foot wide by 19 foot long, and a parallel space is 24 foot long (trust me, you can’t get a 22 foot long truck into a 24 foot long parallel parking spot :))

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