Entrepreneurs from across the country—and the world—have come to Columbus, which is now home to over three dozen food trucks that serve an impressive variety of food. Some left the corporate world after decades to follow their passion for food; others have sophisticated culinary backgrounds and decided to take their inspired dishes to the streets. But due to the antiquated laws on the books, they are virtually prohibited from operating. The Central Ohio Food Truck Association lobbied for a change to the laws that would allow them to operate and provide Columbus with the many benefits they have to offer, and the Institute for Justice sent a statement to the City Council encouraging them to reform the food truck laws based on the Institute’s recommendations in Food Truck Freedom.
Instead, the city created a Mobile Food Vendor Pilot Program that ran from June 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. The program created 16 parking spaces for trucks less than 25 feet long that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. While this is not ideal, it is certainly a step in the right direction. The city government will look at the results of the program in order to determine whether to extend the program into a second stage.
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