NSVI- Cranston Vending

CRANSTON, RI

Cranston is at it Again

Many cities have bad food truck laws. But Cranston goes above and beyond in creating a hostile food truck environment. In June of 2013, Cranston passed a 1,000 foot proximity restriction on food trucks. At the time, this was the largest enforced proximity restriction in the county!

The Institute for Justice responded by sending a letter to "pro food-truck" 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. 

The city decided to revisit the issue of their constitutional defect.  The result, after seven months of work, was to replace the 1,000' ban with a mandatory GPS attachment for all food trucks.  In approving this ordinance, the city managed to go from violating the 14th to violating the 14th and 4th Amendments at the same time. 



 
  

 

 

Want a FREE “Legalize Street Food” sticker for your food truck or cart?  Email activism@ij.org. Make sure to include whether you'd like a slate gray or sangria colored decal.

 



  


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