B1258 - Food Truck Regulatory Reform Bill 2017

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B1258 - Food Truck Regulatory Reform Bill 2017, TSR Libertarian Party




Food Truck Regulatory Reform Bill 2017


An act to implement a national policy designed to restrict councils’ abilities to excessively regulate the food truck industry.

"BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-"

1: Definitions

A. ‘Brick-and-mortar’ refers to a restaurant with a fixed-location facility.

2: Limiting the Authority of Councils

A. No council may impose a mobile food truck license fee in excess of the following:
i. £100 in municipalities with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants.
ii. £200 in municipalities with between 100,000 and 1,000,000
inhabitants.
iii. £300 in municipalities with greater than 1,000,000 inhabitants.

B. No council may legislate a minimum distance between a ‘brick-and-mortar’
restaurant and a mobile food truck.

C. No council may impose any restriction on the amount of time a food truck is
permitted to park in a certain area to sell food to its customers.

D. No council may limit or ban food truck operations in a particular section of a city.

E. No council may require that food truck operators have an existing brick-and-mortar facility.

F. No council may disallow expired licenses from being renewed as long as the request for renewal is lodged within one year following the expiration date.

G. No council may offer any subsidy, parking permission, contract or any other type of special privilege to any singular actor in the food truck industry.

H. No council may require that all food sold from food trucks is pre-prepared.

3: Extent, Commencement & Short Title

A. This Act shall apply to all nations of the United Kingdom.

B. The provisions of this Act come into force as specified in the body of the bill.

C. This Act may be cited as the ‘Food Truck Regulatory Reform Act 2017’.

Notes

The rapid emergence of the food truck industry post-2008 and inconsistent local regulations governing the establishment, operation and restrictions on the activity of food trucks is cause for a singular national policy on the subject. This bill takes a number of measures to reduce barriers to entry for new firms and provide for an even more open and competitive market. Food truck associations have led the way in lobbying for a more friendly business environment, and this bill is a culmination of their efforts.
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Aye! More freedom for those trying to make a living
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So this bill lets me set up a food truck right outside of someone's house and could flood the city Center with thousands of food trucks. It's unworkable.
Some of the things are fine but zoning restrictions and hygiene regulations are needed.
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I don't have any strong opinions here, however Aph raises some points that will need to be addressed if I was to vote aye.
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Aye. A fair and sensible bill.
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C. No council may impose any restriction on the amount of time a food truck is permitted to park in a certain area to sell food to its customers.
Open to abuse much?

This bill looks to me like a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
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(Original post by Aph)
So this bill lets me set up a food truck right outside of someone's house and could flood the city Center with thousands of food trucks. It's unworkable.
Some of the things are fine but zoning restrictions and hygiene regulations are needed.
The bill doesn't prohibit councils from imposing hygiene regulations, it just prohibits them from requiring that food be pre-cooked which is not necessary.

If people want to set up a food truck in front of someone's house in a residential neighborhood, what's the difference between this and an ice cream truck? It's not like they're going to park for hours on end in an area with no business, nor will they be there at night
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(Original post by Gladstone1885)
The bill doesn't prohibit councils from imposing hygiene regulations, it just prohibits them from requiring that food be pre-cooked which is not necessary.

If people want to set up a food truck in front of someone's house in a residential neighborhood, what's the difference between this and an ice cream truck? It's not like they're going to park for hours on end in an area with no business, nor will they be there at night
Ice cream truck is there for minutes and if they get business they will be there for hours.
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No. Far too broad-brush an approach. The better approach would be to create centralised regs, to the extent that is possible.
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Nay. Though there may be positives, there are also many negatives that were addressed above, abuse, flooding of trucks etc.
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nay for above highlighted reasons
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Ice cream truck is there for minutes and if they get business they will be there for hours.
So you would argue that the homeowner's right to have their view not partially obstructed for a few hours by a truck that isn't even parked on their property supersedes the community's necessity to sustenance?
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No. Far too broad-brush an approach. The better approach would be to create centralised regs, to the extent that is possible.
This is the very definition of centralized regulation. Regulation of regulators, that is
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So you would argue that the homeowner's right to have their view not partially obstructed for a few hours by a truck that isn't even parked on their property supersedes the community's necessity to sustenance?
Not view but to have peace and quiet yes.
food trucks shouldn't be allowed on residential streets generally.
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This is the very definition of centralized regulation. Regulation of regulators, that is
It's an abject failure of a Bill that will dramatically lower quality of life and health.
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I am glad this was cleared up I was afraid that the food truck union may launch a food truck revolution
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So this bill lets me set up a food truck right outside of someone's house and could flood the city Center with thousands of food trucks. It's unworkable.
Some of the things are fine but zoning restrictions and hygiene regulations are needed.
Or they could be selling late at night and have no requirement to help minimise noise and litter.

Common set of regulations yes, but not as proposed in this Bill.

Nay.
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(Original post by Aph)
Not view but to have peace and quiet yes.
food trucks shouldn't be allowed on residential streets generally.
Peace and quiet during the daytime? It's not like food trucks blare sirens.
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It's an abject failure of a Bill that will dramatically lower quality of life and health.
That's a bit over the top even for a socialist
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