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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City Council members are considering regulating food trucks in an effort to cut down on the noise, the smells and the parking issues they say food trucks create.
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Sidewalk food carts have been around for decades, but now food trucks are increasingly popular on the streets of New York.
“I love them, this is where I get lunch every day,” said one man. “The food’s great and it’s really inexpensive.”
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But Councilwoman Gale Brewer wants food trucks to be regulated and has introduced a bill to City Council.
“It’s the health issue, it’s the noise issue and of course, it’s the parking issue,” she said.
Councilman Dan Garodnick seems to agree, saying the trucks often park illegally and sometimes in purely residential neighborhoods.
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“I would like to see a zone where food trucks have the ability to legally operate so they don’t need to worry about feeding the meter or being chased away by cops,” he said.
Gardonick says the zones would be in areas appropriate for food trucks.
While food trucks are inspected by the health department, Gardonick says he like to see them post letter grades like restaurants do now.
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