Columbus Struggles With Food Truck Regulations

Columbus city officials want to regulate the growing number of food trucks operating in the city.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)
Columbus city officials want to regulate the growing number of food trucks operating in the city.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)

Unhappiness by food truck owners over proposed rules may thwart efforts by Columbus to regulate the fast-growing industry.

The city is trying to develop guidelines for the times and places the trucks can operate on public property but are having trouble getting owners to show up for inspections.

11 food truck owners out of an estimated 150 showed up for recent inspections. It’s unlikely enough trucks will pass examination to fill 15 metered locations the city has provided in the downtown area.

Columbus officials argue the owners of food trucks keep adding demands and won’t be satisfied with regulations, while the food truck vendors say they have to jump through too many hoops for not enough street spaces.

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