Food trucks regulation could be taken over by the South Australian Government and further incentives offered for businesses to get into the niche industry under a proposal put forward by Premier Jay Weatherill.
The plan – outlined in the Food trucks in SA discussion paper– includes introducing consistent and centralised permit systems, which would be set by the State Government but issued by local councils.
The changes would provide more certainty for food truck operators after the Adelaide City Council announced it would slash the number of operators allowed to operate in the CBD during daytime to just 10.
The council has been grappling with its food van policy after coming under increasing pressure from “bricks and mortar” businesses that claimed they were doing it tough. Nonetheless, Premier Weatherill said food trucks bring a “vibrant energy” and “fresh life” to the city.
“In a world where we must continue to compete internationally on the strength of our lifestyle, food trucks present another attraction to add to our charm,” the Premier said.
“This is the sort of innovation that we want to see throughout the city of Adelaide.”
Some of the other ideas put forward in the discussion paper included providing rebates on vehicle registration for people starting up a food truck business, issuing licenses to trade on state land, boosting the profile of trucks, and offering a “trial truck” for prospective business owners wanting to test their idea.
The proposal has been put out for consultation on the State Government’s Your Say website.