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Los Angeles Creates a New Law Forcing Taco Trucks to Move After One Hour

LA's Taco Trucks Told to Hit the Road, Literally

I love taco trucks. At my old job, there was one I would flock to at any given chance. It seems my taco truck — aka "roach coach" — love puts me in great company. Los Angeles-based food critic Jonathan Gold — the only food critic to have received a Pulitzer Prize — is also a big fan of the taco truck. However unlike myself, who knows where her favorite taco truck is at all times, Gold may now have to hunt down his faves. Starting May 15, the city of Los Angeles is enacting a new law that will prohibit taco trucks from staying in one spot for longer than one hour at a time. The law carries a fine of up to $1,000, or six months in jail. And considering that LA actually jailed a hot dog vendor for breaking one of their new food laws, it wouldn't be a surprise if they set an example by cracking down on a taco truck as well.

So why have they written the new law? The ordinance started due to complaints from other businesses. They claim the taco trucks deliberately choose popular restaurants and park in front of them, causing the restaurants to lose business. While this may be the case for some, I can't imagine it's the case for all. Some of these taco trucks — like Tacos El Galuzo — actually pay rent to the businesses they're parked in front of.

To fight the new law, more than 150 taco truck owners are vowing a "taco resistance" and plan to stay parked exactly where they are. If you're interested in learning more on how you can help visit

Would you save the taco trucks? Or should they pack their tacos and go?


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yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
I agree with bellydancingmary! I actually have never been to a taco truck, but now I want to. I love tacos! As long as they aren't parked in front of a restaurant, who cares? I don't think they're ugly either...ugly is such an ugly word. I think they're awesome! One time I saw a taco truck parked in the middle of a vinyard, feeding the workers! how cool is that? Can a taco truck please park outside of my work?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow uhh...
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 9 years
Taco trucks and taco stands are a part of Mexican culture, so the people in L.A. want us to eliminate something that is a part of our culture? Yeah, they may be ugly compared to your leather-interior SUV, but they make the most beautiful tasting food around, much better than casseroles. A sidenote on the greatness of taco stands/taco trucks...who's there for you when you are getting out of a club at 2 a.m. (in U.S.A) or 4 a.m. (in Mexico), drunk as hell? The taco trucks! They are there to serve you delicious tacos to ease your drunken state of mind and the hunger pains caused by the alcohol and dancing you were doing. There's always Denny's, but who the hell wants to spend $7.50 on a skillet that's not even that great? Why not a couple bucks for some tacos made with fresh tortillas, fresh herbs, and fresh meat...cooked right in front of you, no worries about the back kitchen!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Vive la resistance!
Desirella Desirella 9 years
I say save the taco trucks. I'm a big stickler for sanitation and all that but I do have a a few trucks that I am just fine with and they serve some of the best mexican food I've ever had. I prefer them to stay in one spot and it doesn't necessarily have to be next to other food places but it doesn't seem rational for them to be moving around all the time due to pollution and those things are just a pain to be on the road with. I live in LA and seriously...LAPD have much bigger fish to fry than to worry about ticketing taco trucks.
kia kia 9 years
I would try to save the trucks. They are part of L. A. and what makes it so good.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
How full of crap can the world be?
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Sidenote question - the LAPD really have NOTHING better to do than crack down on a TACO TRUCK?! Really? Are there not bigger crimes going on around there???
FoxyJo FoxyJo 9 years
Taco trucks are sooo great (and inexpensive)!! I think this law is ridiculous. Most of us who frequent taco trucks love to go to our spot where we know there is a for sure people could be driving everywhere to look for their favorite truck (more pollution/smog in the area for LA). dolceproserpine- sorry for your bad experience but if you like Mexican food then I can guarantee you that some of these trucks will have the best around...don't knock it till you try it!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
This is odd... In Seattle we have a place called Skillet Street Food (awesome food if you are around for it: that is mobile and was set up in a different location each day. Now each day of the week (as in every Monday) they would be in the same spot, but each weekday was a different place than the previous day. So Mondays by the ball fields, Tuesdays near the Adobe complex etc. They had all sorts of permitting problems because the Health Inspectors need to know where a mobile establishment is at all times for drop-in inspections. So the LA law is the polar opposite from Seattle. Seattle would NEVER do anything like this. All our taco trucks are basically stationary.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
You know what, some of them are really smelly, but yesterday I cycled past one and the smell coming from it made me so hungry! I'd much rather have them parked in one spot - that way the crowd knows where to do, rather than have random people come to your neighborhood to buy tacos because the taco truck decided to park on your street for an hour.
dolceproserpine dolceproserpine 9 years
I used to live in LA, and I am so glad that they have enacted this law. Those things are so hideous, they draw too much foot traffic and they smell really bad. I'm sure that they are violating numerous food handling practices and probably don't hire staff that have had any food handler's training. *shudder* I honestly hope that the local police force enforces this law, it's about time they get those nasty roach coaches out of there!!
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