You’ll pry food trucks from our cold dead hands.
That’s one of the takeaways from a new Reason-Rupe poll that surveyed 2,000 young adults for their thoughts on politics and government regulations. Among millennials, 81 percent want to legalize food trucks, making them the most popular of the 13 activities and products Reason-Rupe asked about in its polling.
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Allowing mobile vendors to work freely topped support for plastic bags (66 percent) and buying incandescent light bulbs (64 percent) as well as new developments in technology like wearing Google Glass in public (66 percent), online gambling (58 percent), and the cryptocurrency Bitcoin (49 percent). As Emily Ekins of the Reason Foundation put it, “millennials don’t like to be nannied, opting for personal choice over regulation.”
While food trucks are generally popular across the country, too many cities are trying to run them off the streets. Since food trucks are as safe—and often safer—than restaurants, the main motivation behind these bans appears to be eliminating competition for brick-and-mortar eateries.
The Institute for Justice is currently suing Chicago for its strict regulations on food trucks, which include a 200-foot ban on vending near any fixed business that serves food. After IJ filed a similar lawsuit against El Paso, it scrapped its 1,000-foot proximity ban.
Through its National Street Vending Initiative, the Institute for Justice has worked with grassroots activists in over two dozen cities and consulted food trucks and street vendors in nearly another two dozen.
— Nick Sibilla
Nick Sibilla is a writer at the Institute for Justice