Now that the weather is getting more pleasant and tourists are trickling into Florida in greater numbers, South Florida has seen a rise in the number of mobile food trucks around the area. According to some reports, there are many as 40 of these trucks in the area, serving food to customers in parking lots. While customers like the cheap food and fun names these trucks offer, others are concerned about safety and noise issues.
Many trucks have been fined for lacking the required licensing, even when they have the permission of parking lot owners to congregate and set up business. Area residents where these trucks set up voice concerns over pollution, noise, litter, and the potential for truck accidents. Local restaurants are not always happy about food trucks, which do not need to pay leases and can therefore charge low prices.
Others worry about the safety of the trucks – many are older vehicles equipped with deep-fryers and large propane trucks. Some area residents worry about the potential for fires and injuries as a result of the trucks. A few people have voiced concerns about food safety in the here-today-gone-tomorrow world of mobile food.
The truck owners note that they run affordable and legitimate businesses. Many of them would want to see more cooperation from communities. Currently, restaurants in Florida need a $550 license as well as $200 food manager’s license. Both can be complicated to acquire and mobile food truck owners believe that such licensing does not apply to them since they provide no sit-down areas for patrons and are therefore not “restaurants.” Some municipalities require special events permits or peddler’s permits – often used by ice cream trucks. These, too, are expensive to secure. South Florida communities are now looking at new legislation which would regulate the food trucks.
So far, no official Florida truck accidents or traffic accidents have been reported to be caused by the food trucks, but some residents are worried that it is only a matter of time. The trucks attract large crowds of pedestrians to parking areas and the truck themselves are large and move often, increasing the risk of accidents. According to food truck owners, however, the vehicles are less likely to be in accidents because they are stationary for such long stretches of time. If there was an truck accident in South Florida caused by one of these vehicles, however, it would likely cause serious liability issues, especially given the concerns over licensing and vendor permits.
If you have been injured in a Florida truck accident, contact the Flaxman Law Group. The experienced legal team at the Flaxman Law Group has worked with thousands of Florida personal injury victims and is always available for advice and representation. With convenient offices located in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood, the Flaxman Law Group is poised to serve the South Florida region. Call the Flaxman Law Group today to arrange for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.