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Another Victory for the Taco Lifestyle ~ Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Times reports that a previous, lesser-known anti-Taquero law that required trucks to move every 30 minutes has been struck down by a commissioner.

A court commissioner has nixed a Los Angeles law that cracked down on how long taco trucks and other food coaches could stay open up for business.

The ordinance, approved by the City Council in 2006, forced operators to stay on the go: Trucks were prohibited from parking in the same spot in a residential neighborhood for more than half an hour or in a commercial area for more than an hour. A similar law adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was tossed out by a judge last year.

L.A. County Superior Court Commissioner Barry D. Kohn ruled Friday that the city had overstepped its legal authority. Catering trucks are regulated by the state. Although local governments have the authority to impose additional regulations to protect public safety, Kohn found that the city ordinance was not based on safety.

Some restaurant and property owners have legitimate complaints with taco trucks, but in our opinion, these are best taken on a case-by-case basis and not targeted by blanket legislation.

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