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D.C. Council Passes Food Truck Regulations

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A customer purchases lunch from one of the hundreds of vending trucks that set up shop along the streets of Washington, DC. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A customer purchases lunch from one of the hundreds of vending trucks that set up shop along the streets of Washington, DC. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The long-standing food truck battle in downtown D.C. is getting a rules change.

After months of debate between operators and lawmakers, the D.C. Council passed legislation Tuesday amending food truck regulations throughout the city.

The new regulations will include a 180-spot lottery for prime parking spaces in the Central Business District, so each food truck gets a fair shot at the city’s most popular areas. There’s also a $2,000 fine if a truck parks in another truck’s spot.

The bill also states that food trucks can operate near restaurants, as long as they’re at least 6 feet away, and vendors who don’t get a space in a food truck designated area have to park at least 200 feet away.

The Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington says it’s optimistic about the future of its business in the District.

“There’s going to be competition out there for (customer) dollars,” said Che Ruddel-Tarisola of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington. “And the food trucks will continue to operate and our business will continue to grow and will continue to grow into restaurants.”

Ruddell-Tarisola is hopeful Mayor Vincent Gray will sign the compromise into law.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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