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New rules may come for Toledo food trucks

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Mobile food truck owners could soon be facing new rules regarding operating their business in Toledo.

Ed Beczynski, owner of The Blarney and Focaccia's in downtown Toledo, believes the food trucks should co-exist with local restaurants, but he is in favor of rules being implemented.

"What I would like to see is them not sit in the same spot every day," he said. "Maybe move around, not even downtown, but in the city of Toledo itself."

Currently, there are no regulations in place for mobile food vendors doing business in Toledo. New legislation in the works would require vendors to obtain one million dollars in liability insurance, and would prohibit them from parking within 100 feet of restaurants.

"The mobile food vendors will have to get a license and pay a fee," said Toledo Chief of Staff Joel Mazur. "Right now, the brick-and-mortar businesses pay property taxes and special assessment, [while] the mobile food vendors do not. So this levels the playing field."

The license could cost up to $1,000 per year. Toledo City Council is scheduled to meet on the issue Tuesday, July 1 at 2 p.m.

Click here to read the proposed city ordinance.

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