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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Food trucks cry foul over parking tickets


PORC truck co-owner Josh Saltzman, left, says the D.C. Department of Public Works is low-balling the number of tickets it has issued food trucks. (James M. Thresher for The Washington Post)
Is the D.C. Department of Public Works unfairly targeting food trucks for parking violations?

That’s the question local truck owners have posed to both NBC Washington and The Post after DPW created a two-officer unit to focus on these culinary vehicles, which can exceed the two-hour meter limits during busy periods.

DPW says it is responding to community complaints that vehicles too often violate the city’s parking limits. The food trucks, meanwhile, believe they are being unfairly targeted. Some offered evidence that enforcement officers have ignored private cars at apparently expired meters.

It is the latest public debate surrounding food trucks, a relatively new, popular and sometimes controversial presence on the city’s streets, which have long been dominated by the old-line hot dog vendors.

After the jump, DPW responds to several questions The Post sent to the department on Dec. 21. I also asked Josh Saltzman, co-owner of the PORC food truck, to give his take on those answers.

DPW Press Release

Saltzman: “Ms. Grant states that there have only been 68 tickets issued to food trucks. This is patently false. My company alone has received over 40 of these targeted violations.”

Saltzman added: “We have asked for meetings with DDOT [District Department of Transportation] and DPW about creating a parking arrangement for food trucks that would create more revenue for the city and allow food trucks more ability to serve their customers better. We have always been denied.”

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Categories:  Food Politics | Tags:  Timothy R. Smith

 
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