SF Supervisor Proposes Streamlined Food Truck Regulations

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Customers line up at a food truck. (Fred Dufour/AFP/GettyImages)

Customers line up at a food truck. (Fred Dufour/AFP/GettyImages)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)—While the seemingly ubiquitous food trucks in San Francisco continue to cook up success, the City’s regulations governing them have not kept up. That’s why Supervisor Scott Wiener is proposing legislation that will allow the trucks to operate closer to schools, limit their proximity to restaurants and cite violators.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

While food truck might seem to be everywhere, they are actually more concentrated in the Marina and the Financial Districts, while almost non-existent in the Mission because of the proximity to schools.

“There are arguably too many and there are areas where there are none and they should be,” Wiener said.

His proposed legislation would allow the trucks to open 500 feet away from middle schools and either 1,000 or 750 feet from high schools. They would also be banned from parking within 50 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant and to catch violators, the Department of Parking And Traffic would take over enforcement duties from public works.

Wiener’s bill, however, does not include new money for the Department of Public Health for inspections.

“We never have enough staff in a lot of enforcement areas and we certainly need more food inspectors,” he said.

But he added that the health department has to manage that on its own and pay for it with the permit fees charged to truck operators.

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