BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Common Council will be holding a special session about food trucks Tuesday. In just a few days the agreement set by the Common Council for food trucks operating in Buffalo will expire. The council will try to set parameters going forward that both the trucks and restaurants can agree on.
"Food trucks are here to stay, despite what some of you might think. So stop treating us like a thorn in your side because that will only cause you further frustration," said Peter Cimino of Lloyd Taco Truck.
Buffalo's food truck regulations are set to expire on April 1st, and the truck operators are asking for a break on their fees, which they say are putting some of them out of business. Some of the brick and mortar businesses say they current restrictions are too lax.
Currently, food truck operators pay $1,000 a year vending fee. One proposal being considered would drop that fee to $750, and $500 for each additional truck.
"What we are looking to do is get the fees reduced to something more palatable because it is hurting the operation of the trucks," said Mitchell Stenger, attorney for food truck operators.
The special session of the common council is expected to take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The food truck explosion in western New York has made many towns come up with ways to regulate the new type of establishment. Amherst will also be looking at setting up food truck guidelines. A proposed law will be up for public discussion on April 8th.
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