KHOU: Mobile food vendors protest new regulations

KHOU-11's Karla Barguiarena reports that some mobile food vendors are unhappy with new regulations that will go into effect in September:

On the corner of Airline and Aldine Mail Road, Rosario Torres' fajita recipe has become a hit.

But come Sept. 1, Torres fears her success will hit a roadblock.

New state regulations that will force her to change the way she's run her business.

"It's very, very confusing for me. It's very problem, said Torres.

Right now, Torres pays a company to come in and clean her stand three times a week.

With the new regulations, she'll have to drive it 20 miles to the nearest commissary every night.

"My business is not a big one to pay every day, she said.

She'll also have to add extra insurance to cover the vehicle. It's time and money she says, she can't afford.

"It's really difficult to be moving the stand every single day, said fellow taco stand owner Jose Lara.

Other taco stand owners are calling the changes monumental and unnecessary.

It strikes me that a "mobile" food stand that never or rarely moves isn't really a mobile food stand any more, and probably should meet the same standards as any non-mobile food stand.

So are the new regulations a legitimate attempt to hold non-mobile "mobile" food stands to higher standards, or just a thinly veiled effort to reduce the number of mobile food stands?

Please leave your thoughts in the forum.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 07/26/07 08:56 PM | Print |

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