National Street Vending Initiative: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pittsburgh currently has some of the worst food truck laws in the country. Food trucks are required to move every 30 minutes and operate 500 feet away from brick-and-mortar restaurants that sell similar products, and are prohibited from parking at meters or downtown.
In 2012, the Institute for Justice partnered with Saxifrage School and food truck Franktuary to host an event to teach others about the constitutional rights of entrepreneurs. The Institute for Justice also co-hosted a food truck rally to bring widespread attention to issues affecting food trucks.
Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto, who took office in 2014, has introduced legislation that would eliminate the proximity restriction, extend the durational restriction, and allow parking at meters. Pittsburgh is still awaiting city council action on the mayor’s proposals.