Seven Myths and Realities about Food Trucks

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Seven Myths and Realities about Food Trucks:

Why the Facts Support Food-Truck Freedom

By Bert Gall & Lancée Kurcab
November 2012

Food trucks continue to grow in popularity throughout the country. But as the Institute for Justice detailed in a recent report, some cities have responded by enacting and enforcing laws that do not advance public health and safety, and serve no other purpose than to “protect” restaurants from competition from food trucks. Arguing in favor of these laws—such as those that bar food trucks from operating in popular commercial areas or that prohibit food trucks from parking within several hundred feet of any restaurant—their proponents rely upon several myths.

Below, we list the seven most prevalent of these myths and, using facts and real-world examples, debunk them.


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