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Raleigh OKs rules for food trucks

Posted September 6, 2011

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— The Raleigh City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve new regulations for food trucks.

Under the regulations, which take effect Oct. 1, food truck operators will be allowed to set up on private property in Raleigh as long as they are at least 100 feet from the main entrance or outdoor dining area of any restaurant and at least 50 feet from any food vending cart.

Also, food trucks will be allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. If they are within 150 feet of the property line of a single-family home or duplex, their operating hours will be limited to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The City Council will review the new rules in six months.


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  • dcatz Sep 7, 2011

    Private property is private property. The city has no business telling people that they cannot operate a food truck on their own private property merely because it's too close to a restaurant. Doing such is a violation of private property rights. It looks like the local restaurants greased the hands of a few politicians in key areas.

  • Moriahe Sep 6, 2011

    I assume, for the sake of fairness, that it will be illegal for a bricks-and-mortar restaurant to operate within 100 feet of another bricks-and-mortar restaurant? Oh that's right, the traditional restaurants only want to use the police power of government to limit their competition from food trucks by force.

  • eddybal Sep 6, 2011

    In oh so terrible Durham Food Trucks are a big hit and add very positively to the lifestyle in the city. Last time I checked the restaurant scene was still expanding.

  • sckinton60 Sep 6, 2011

    Food trucks usually have better food, and they don't mind if you smoke.

  • Scubagirl Sep 6, 2011

    If the roach coach outsells the restaurant, then perhaps the restaurant might need to try to figure out why; and I doubt proximity to the restaurant will end up being the reason. Zoom007 has a good idea.

    And to RWS, lol-I can't believe you've never heard the term Roach Coach. I've heard it most of my life it seems

  • timbo10.0 Sep 6, 2011

    "Food trucks do little in the way of harming restaurants."

    You have a source for that statement? Data? Anything.

  • Relic Sep 6, 2011

    Long as the government agency that's regulating is the Health Department I have no problem with it. That's one area of government regulation that is needed.

  • Cahulawassee Sep 6, 2011

    I'm a little surprised at the # of people on golo who are pro-government regulation of small business owners, and anti-free market.

  • housemanagercary Sep 6, 2011

    If they can't compete with the food truck, that says a lot.

  • drjones74 Sep 6, 2011

    Sounds good. Streets are for traveling and parking, not a free place to do business.