Black market for food trucks in Shreveport

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Only seven out of more than 30 food trucks operating in Shreveport are licensed, according to the city’s community planning and design manager.

Last week, the Metropolitan Planning Commission proposed new legislation regarding food trucks and trailers. Changing current codes would provide more oversight of food truck and trailer vendors by verifying city permits, according to the proposal.

Economic Development Director Brandon Fail argued the proposal was burdensome and there were opportunities for improvement before enacting the law.

More: Are food truck regulations burdensome in Shreveport?

In order to legally operate a food truck within the city, vendors need to be registered through the city’s revenue division. To get registered they must have a health permit.

Monday, Community Planning and Design Manager for the Metropolitan Planning Commission Adam Bailey gave a presentation to the City Council about food truck regulations. Bailey said only seven food trucks are registered with the city for 2019, according to the city’s Revenue Division.

“Two weeks ago it was mentioned that these proposed amendments would create a black market for food trucks.  Well, in all actuality, a black market already exists,” Bailey said. “According to the city’s Revenue Division, only seven food trucks are registered with the city for 2019.  And, a simple Google search, Facebook inquiry or even calendar search of food trucks in Shreveport revealed a list of over 30 food truck vendors that operate, or have operated, in the city this year.”

According to the city’s Revenue Department, the following food trucks are registered: Stephen’s Family Catering, Candy Galore and More, May The Cheese Be With You, Farley Enterprise, Southern Spice LLC, Bayou Bistreau and Crawfish Tyme, Too.

City Councilman John Nickelson asked Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission Alan Clarke about health and safety checks of unregistered food trucks.

“Are these food trucks simply not registered with the city’s revenue division or are they not registered in any way so they have had no health checks or other safety checks?” Nickelson said.

Clarke said the unregistered food trucks have no form of registration.

“It is my understanding that they are not registered in any form or fashion,” Clarke said.

Mayor Adrian Perkins asked Bailey how policy was being implemented.

“What are the enforcement mechanisms that we have in place?”

Bailey told Perkins enforcement is not happening.

“There aren’t any,” Bailey replied.

City Councilman Grayson Boucher said the city is discussing fines for food truck vendors. Officials had many questions as to why there were food trucks operating illegally in Shreveport

“I have gone to city events where there is more than seven food trucks in the parking lot,” Perkins said.

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