A Korean food truck owner in Washington, D.C. has won the right to continue to operate after a judge dismissed the city’s case against her, reports Asian Fortune,
Shil Goree could have spent a year in jail for not moving her truck enough. A city law requires that food trucks move every 60 minutes.
“I’m happy this is behind us and we can focus back on making the food we love, serving our regulars and preparing to open our brick-and–mortar restaurant,” said Goree, co-owner of the fusion food truck Seoul Food with her husband. “And I hope this case spurs the County to get rid of its 60-minute rule.”
Food trucks have been an increasingly popular lunch time attraction in urban areas across the country. But they’ve come under attack from brick and mortar restaurants who feel the trucks are unfair competition.
Authorities in Washington, DC recently began to increasingly enforce an ordinance requiring those trucks to move every 60 minutes. Goree tried to comply with the ordinance, but was accused of not moving fast enough. Goree decided to challenge the law after paying several fines.
“This case highlights the absurdity of treating what amounts to a parking violation as a crime on par with assault,” said Doug Povich, Chairman of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington.