Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ordinance Change Gives San Antonio Food Trucks More Room to Roam

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

click to enlarge Food trucks will now have more freedom under the new ordinance. - VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Food trucks will now have more freedom under the new ordinance.
Score one for tacos on wheels.

San Antonio City Council today voted to remove part of an ordinance from the city’s food code which prohibited food trucks from operating within 300 feet of a brick-and-mortar food establishment. Trucks could set up shop within the 300-feet radius, but their owners had to first get permission from whatever restaurant or food store was nearby. The ordinance change passed unanimously.

The change comes roughly six weeks after the Institute for Justice, a Virginia-based libertarian-leaning law firm, filed suit against the city over the law. Institute for Justice represented four food truck owners in the suit, arguing that the city’s laws were unconstitutional and illegally favored brick-and-mortar establishments.

“This is a big win, not just for food-truck entrepreneurs in San Antonio, but for street vendors throughout Texas and the rest of the country who face similar unconstitutional restrictions on their right to earn an honest living. Today’s victory shows that when street vendors take a stand and fight for that right, they can — and should — prevail,” Bert Gall, a senior Institute for Justice attorney, said in a news release.

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