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Future of food trucks debated in DC

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The future of where food trucks can park is still very unclear tonight.

Mayor Gray's office believes food trucks have to be regulated - but truck owners say the proposed regulations on the table will put them out of business.

Both sides sounded off at a packed council committee meeting at the Wilson building.

This is a big issue. The chairman of the committee today says he's received 10 thousand emails about this. The Mayor supports food trucks but says parking regulations have to be put in place. But truck owners don't like the mayor’s plan.

They're all over, creatively painted trucks severing up unique and delicious food. But the food isn't the issue. Parking is.

As it stands truck owners park where they want. They do pay for it, racking up over 100- thousand dollars in parking tickets since the beginning of 2012.  Many say food truck parking has to be regulated. Especially those who own restaurants near where the trucks park.

The department of consumer and regulatory affairs released this map just today- showing areas where trucks can park under the new plan.180 spots across the city. The most popular spaces handed out by monthly lottery.

But truck owners say these spots aren't in areas where the customers are. And parking in them will kill their bottom line. Councilmember David Grosso agrees. And says the mayor’s proposal should be scrapped.

For now trucks will continue to operate as they have, parking where they please. But if regulations aren't adopted soon the mayor could chose to enforce current law which could get the tricks towed before the food is warmed.

And this drama goes on. The chairman of the committee told city employees and food trucks operators to try and come up with a compromise. Admitting if these currency regulations proposed by the mayor today went to a vote, they'd fail.

The hope is to get something on the books by the end of the year.

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