A court commissioner has nixed a Los Angeles law that cracked down on how long taco trucks and other food coaches could stay open up for business.
The ordinance, approved by the City Council in 2006, forced operators to stay on the go: Trucks were prohibited from parking in the same spot in a residential neighborhood for more than half an hour or in a commercial area for more than an hour. A similar law adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was tossed out by a judge last year.
L.A. County Superior Court Commissioner Barry D. Kohn ruled Friday that the city had overstepped its legal authority. Catering trucks are regulated by the state. Although local governments have the authority to impose additional regulations to protect public safety, Kohn found that the city ordinance was not based on safety.
"What happens is that these guys go and park near restaurants, and that hurts the restaurants' business," said Councilman Dennis Zine, who joined in the council's unanimous approval of the restrictions. "I think we're going to have to get together with the county to figure out what to do."