Jersey, NJ: New Regulations for Jersey City Food Trucks Again Delayed by City Council

(Gallery by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

By Terrence McDonald |

(Gallery by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)
(Gallery by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

A measure to revamp Jersey City’s regulations regarding food trucks was postponed again tonight, in yet another setback for a measure that the City Council first introduced 16 months ago.

The ordinance, which was set for adoption tonight and has been in the works for two years, was tabled so city officials could review changes suggested by two food-truck owners who spoke to the council tonight and at its Monday caucus.

The measure would require that food trucks and other mobile food vendors move at least 150 feet every two hours. The current requirement is that vendors move every 20 minutes, though it is rarely enforced.

The ordinance would also prohibit the vendors from selling in parts of Journal Square and Newport.

Taco Truck owner Jason Scott on Monday told the council he objected to a portion of the ordinance that would have prohibited vendors from parking on private property even with the permission of the property owner. Another portion, Scott said, is worded in a way that would essentially forbid the vendors from parking anywhere in Jersey City.

City officials have been working on the new regulations for two years. The council was set to introduce it in April 2011, but postponed the vote when vendors said the proposal was too restrictive.

The council introduced the measure the following October, but adoption was delayed as the body tried to include language favorable to vendors, brick-and-mortar restaurants and city health officials.

City Clerk Robert Byrne said tonight the council will review the ordinance at its next caucus to “dissect” it with health officials.