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Two Toronto food trucks run afoul of a regulation they’d never heard of

Of all the kinds of terrible red tape to get tangled in, the worst kind may be the red tape you didn’t even know existed. Torontoist recounts the long, bureaucratic story of a pair of food trucks, Food Cabbie and Caplansky’s Delimobile (a.k.a. Thundering Thelma), who have happily (and profitably, we’re sure) been serving food from a pay-to-park lot for months. That is, until they learned that they were violating a city bylaw. No, they hadn’t skipped out on the requisite inspections or failed to obtain a license to serve food. Instead, they were breaking the rule that forbids food trucks from serving from a licensed lot for more than 10 minutes. A little digging on Torontoist’s part reveals that the trucks could operate in, say, an unlicensed (i.e. non-pay-to-park) lot if they wished, however. This, of course, makes no sense. Then again, when you consider the amount of red tape that accompanied the A la Cart fiasco program, this is not particularly surprising. Unless the licensing issue is resolved, the trucks could be gone by the end of March. Read the entire sordid story [Torontoist] »

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