Pittsfield is proposing some regulations for food truck owners after restaurant owners complained during the summer that food trucks were unfairly siphoning off business. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more on these rules.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- If you're in the food industry, competition is something you're used to. But it can get uneasy.
"People are nervous about new businesses coming in," said Gabriel Lloyd, who owns the "How We Roll" food truck in Pittsfield.
Those new businesses are food trucks. They're having a good turn in Pittsfield. Just ask Lloyd.
"Business has been great," he said.
But business hasn't been great for everyone, specifically, for downtown restaurants. During the summer, they called for regulations on food trucks, saying they unfairly siphon off business.
The city has stepped in, proposing locations where food trucks can park. These spots are North Street from Maplewood Ave to Wahconah Street, South Street from Park Square to Housatonic Street and city parking lots. Another proposed stipulation: No food truck vendor can park 50 feet from a restaurant without the restaurant owner agreeing to it.
"This does not stop mobile food vendors from being located on private property or being located in areas outside the downtown areas," said CJ Hoss, city planner.
For restaurant owners, it all comes down to parking or rather the lack of it in the downtown area.
"It's really the loss of those spaces when you have a food truck owner operating for a good chunk of the day," said Hoss.
Lloyd says the regulations may not put a dent in his business. In fact, it might do just the opposite.
"Due to process, we're getting more publicity. And the more publicity, the better off we'll do," he said.
The city will review the proposal once more in December before it goes before the city council for review.