Food Truck Freedom On the Line– AGAIN!

On the heels of a combative battle over food truck legislation in the city of Buffalo, Food Truck freedom is in danger AGAIN!The Town of Amherst is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Amherst Municipal Building (5583 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221). At the meeting, it is expected that some of the following anti-food truck proposals will be made:

Creating a 60-minute time limit for service and restricting operating hours from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (limitations not faced by any “brick-and-mortar” restaurant).

Precluding trucks from operating less than 60 feet from an intersection or 100 feet from an open restaurant (designed to stifle competition and waste police resources).

Imposing an additional $500 per truck permit fee (an extreme fee for a single town, and damaging to food trucks when added to the existing permit fees already paid by trucks to the City of Buffalo, which are among the highest in the nation).

These regulations would essentially put food trucks out of business in Amherst, or altogether. Despite overwhelming public support in favor of fair food truck practices, a vocal minority– who don’t understand that food trucks can actually help their businesses– have launched this attack. Lloyd, as the first food truck in the area, and the other food trucks in The Western New York Food Truck Association, oppose these regulations.

YOU can help, and we cannot win this battle without you. The first step, whether you live in Amherst or not, is to click this link and sign our petition. http://tinyurl.com/LloydAmherstPetition. If you are able, attend the Town Hall meeting Monday night at 7:00 p.m. (wear Lloyd gear)!

It is important to know that Lloyd owners tried to meet with individual council members on Friday (April 5) to plead the food truck case, and provide them with compelling evidence from The Institute for Justice regarding the benefits of food trucks to cities. They would not meet with us. (If you are interested in reading one of the reports, here is a link to “Seven Myths and Realities about Food Trucks:
Why the Facts Support Food-Truck Freedom” (http://www.ij.org/7-myths-and-realities)
Please join us in the fight for Food Truck Freedom in all parts of Western New York! Sign the petition above. Stay tuned to Lloyd’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates. Thank you, in advance, Lloyd fans. We cannot do this without you!