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Baltimore judge strikes down ban on food trucks

December 21, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) — Food truck operators will soon be able to serve customers near brick-and-mortar eateries in Baltimore.

A city judge has ruled that a law preventing food trucks from operating within 300 feet (91 meters) of eateries is too vague to enforce. Baltimore has 60 days to lift its ban.

Virginia-based Institute for Justice represented two food truck owners.

They argued that a law keeping food trucks from selling food within 300 feet of some restaurants was unconstitutional under state law and effectively barred them from places with decent foot traffic.

Gregory Reed is a lawyer with Institute for Justice. He says the partial victory will be appealed because the judge failed to address the constitutionality question.

A number of U.S. cities have been grappling with regulatory frameworks for food trucks.

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