WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- The D.C. Council approved an emergency bill Tuesday afternoon that will create a lottery to decide which D.C. food trucks get the best locations to set up shop.
The bill's author, Councilman Vincent Orange, says that 180 locations have been identified in the central city where most of the daytime federal, city and private workers are located -- not to mention the thousands of tourists.
Exactly where each truck can park will be decided by lottery. If a food truck is caught parking in another truck's location, the first offense will carry a staggering $2,000 fine, which one truck operator said is the equivalent of several days earnings.
If a food truck is parked at an expired meter, that would be a $50 fine, same as any other motorists would pay.
The regulations also state when and where food trucks can travel outside the city center; and how far they must park away from established brick and mortar restaurants.