Albuquerque allows food trucks to park closer to restaurants

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Council members have voted to change how close food trucks can park to restaurants.

Final action was taken at the council meeting Monday night that changes the current buffer separating restaurants and food trucks.

In 2015, councilors approved making trucks park 100 feet away after worries they were taking away business from restaurants.

The council approved an amendment that reduces the separation from 100 feet to 75 feet.

It also waives the requirement to stay that far away outside of business hours.

In addition, if the restaurant that the food truck is parked outside of closes early, then the truck will be allowed to park closer than 75 feet in front of it.

The new policy comes in response to input from food truck vendors and the Albuquerque Police Department. Also, because of many restaurants downtown closing early. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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