SA Government reforms allow unlimited food trucks to operate across the State
While punters may be happy with decision, Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is not, saying that the reforms will have an adverse impact on existing bricks and mortar café and restaurant businesses throughout the State.
The legislation will remove all capacity for local councils to restrict the number, operating hours or food type sold by mobile food trucks operating within their municipalities.
“The South Australian Government’s food trucks reforms will create an uneven playing field between food trucks and the state’s café and restaurant sector,” said R&CA Deputy CEO Sally Neville.
“These reforms have failed to consider the economic impact on cafés and restaurants who are now expected to compete against an unfettered number of adjacent food trucks who have no fixed overheads and don’t have to pay the same Council rates.
“Under this system, the state government has removed any ability for local Councils to determine the most appropriate number of vendors to operate based on the population, concentration of food businesses, as well as economic development strategies of the municipality.”