WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thursday, the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington released a map showing areas where food trucks would reportedly be banned if D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed new regulations are passed. According to the association, food trucks would be illegal in most of downtown D.C., leading to less food choices for consumers and less competition. The map shows, in red, most of the Central Business District is off-limits to food trucks.
See Mayor Gray's release from January 2012 on proposed vending regulations: http://mayor.dc.gov/release/mayor-vincent-c-gray-proposes-updating-vending-regulations
According to the Association, Gray's proposals include:
• Restricting food trucks in the most popular locations - with the exception of a limited number of lottery-assigned designated spaces;
• Banning food trucks from serving from within 500 feet of lottery-assigned spaces;
• Banning food trucks from serving where there is less than 10 feet of unobstructed sidewalk.
In a press release, association officials claim the city would "lose hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue" if the regulations were passed.
The association, which is a group of local food truck owner-operators, has posted more information on their objection to the proposed regulations at www.DCFoodTrucks.org.