Food Truck Law On Hold in Amherst

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - The food truck ordinance in Amherst, which lawmakers spent the last six months crafting, is going back to the drawing board for a reworking.

The Amherst Town Board made the decision following a public hearing Monday night, during which more than a dozen food truck supporters blasted the proposal as unfair.

The resolution for a food truck ordinance would have limited the hours of operation on a public state, county or town road to one hour unless the municipality granted permission for more time.

It would have also forced food trucks to close at 8 p.m. when serving on residential property, which would have made catering parties at people's homes difficult, according to the food truck owners.

Food truck owners also complained about:

A $500 permit fee annually for the first truck and $250 for each additional truck. The trucks could operate anywhere in the town, but with regulation.

Food trucks may not operate within 100 feet of a building which houses a restaurant. In Buffalo, the city ordinance says the limit is 100 feet of a restaurant's main entrance.

Food trucks may continue to operate in Amherst until the new law is approved, but under an outdated ordinance that requires a $100 fee every 90 days per location. That means trucks are limited to serving only in locations where they have permits.

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