Current regulations are too restrictive, spokeswoman says
New Orleans food truck vendors are demanding changes in the city's laws that regulate them.
Rachel Billow, president of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition, told a city council committee Tuesday it's nearly impossible to get a permit because of the 100-permit cap.
"There's a two and a half page waiting list right now at City Hall. I also mention all the e-mails that we've gotten from people who haven't even tried because they're told they won't be able to," says Billow.
Currently, food truck vendors have to maintain a minimum 600-foot distance from restaurants and schools, they can't park in the CBD or French Quarter and they can't stay in one place more than 45 minutes.
They say those rules are too restrictive and they want them changed.
The Economic Development Committee took no action as more meetings and discussion are needed before the committee can recommend changes, if any, to the full council.