Food Trucks May Soon Need Parking Permits

LOS ANGELES (KNX 1070) — Popular food trucks may soon need parking permits as a result of a crackdown by the city of Los Angeles.

KNX 1070’s Bill Cooper Reports

“You can put a bunch of trucks in a given area and they’ll be lots of people there to enjoy the food. It works easily when it’s in an industrial areas and it’s not impacting a brick-and-mortar restaurant and there’s also issues of parking and using more than one space and not paying and ticket issues,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Chair of the Transportation Committee, said.

Months ago, Councilman Tom LaBonge started to receive complaints about the trucks hogging prime metered parking spots on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile.

“I want to see a creation of a food truck zone. I don’t want them near tri-lights, which is the traffic signal. I don’t want them near crosswalks, which prevents visibility. But I think we can work it out and we can work with everybody to find solutions,” LaBonge said.

Other council members are getting complaints now, like Westside Councilman Paul Koretz,

“We don’t see 15 or 20 vehicles back-to-back in a certain area. But we have a couple spots where two or three of them are showing up. They are parking in a space where they don’t fit in so they should get cited. And they are actually blocking a brick-and-mortar restaurant so they are not visible,” Koretz said.

The City Attorney is expected to come back to the council within 90 days with a proposed ordinance.

  • Bobby Floi

    Trucks should pay $20 for per space for 2 hrs
    Plenty of time to provide lunch service
    and good income for the city

  • Beuford Kidd

    I think the trucks can afford more than $20 for two hours. But we should consider that they provide a service for the public. what ever is consider it should be taken into consideration that we do still need the trucks at a price we can afford. We don’t want the city to taxed them so high that they pass the expense on to US.

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  • Jack Kauf

    I’ve seen trucks ticketed while serving
    The cops don’t even ask them to move first
    $20 is better than a $45 ticket

  • o c e a n

    the trucks aren’t that bad of meter/parking space hogs as valet parked cars.

  • mark

    Roach coach yuck

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  • Teri Aki

    The trucks may provide a service but then they are gone. The local restaurant provides a service, gives their employees JOBS, pay property taxes which support schools, public safety and more. The trucks take your money back to Vernon or someplace else and we get stuck holding the bill. The city should also go after all those portable food carts.

  • leroybrown

    Those trucks make the city look cheap. They should be banned. If you want to eat out of a truck then go to the dump.

  • Hana W

    I beg to differ, food trucks pay for business licenses, sellers permit, sales tax and whatever else any other business pays for. Actually, they are paying for business licenses for every city they travel to. Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills are all considered different cities. thats almost 1000 dollars in license fees not to mention health inspection fees. In reality, it is actually more efficient to have them around because of the economy being in a rut nowadays and people can’t afford to DRIVE all the way to their favorite restaurant or eatery.

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