NSVI- Cranston Vending
Many cities have bad food truck laws. But Cranston goes above and beyond in creating a hostile food truck environment. Other cities—like El Paso—have attempted to get away with banning food trucks from 1,000 feet of their brick-and-mortar competitors, but have caved in response to litigation or public opposition.
Cranston, however, recently passed a 1,000 foot proximity restriction on food trucks, despite the small size of its city. Not only do vendors have to pay a business license, they also have to pay a temporary structure fee, which requires vendors to pay $1 per day or $100 every 100 days for operating.
The Institute for Justice recently sent a letter to Mayor Allan Fung’s office, encouraging him to veto the City Council’s bill, but instead of signing or vetoing the bill, he simply let it sit on his table—meaning it automatically went into effect after 10 days.
But there is still hope for food trucks. City Councilman Don Botts suggested that they will revisit and possibly revise the bill in favor of food trucks.
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