DC food truck owners object to new system for assigning prime city locations

The D.C., Maryland and Virginia Food Truck Association has sent a letter to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, D.C., stating its opposition to a change in the way the department decides which trucks get the best spots in the city.

The new policy limits every food truck business — no matter how many trucks it operates — to one lottery entry to win the prime locations.

When some of those businesses called DCRA to find out why policy change was made, they were informed that the regulations were changed this month to prevent multitruck businesses from entering more than one truck in the lottery, according to the letter.

The association claims the policy discourages growth in the food truck segment. It also claims that the policy discriminates against one group of small businesses in favor of another group; that there are better ways for the department to address the problems it has identified; and that the manner in which the policy was implemented violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

Topics: Food & Beverage, Independent Operators, Legal Issues, Policy / Legislation / Regulation

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