Edmonton Meals Truck Operators Are Confused and Pissed off with the Lack of Metropolis Data – Edmonton

Editor’s note: Roadside operator Kim Szalynski emailed Global News late Friday night to say that she had received an email saying the way the Transportation with food truck operators works, won’t change. Szalynski said she will have her usual place throughout the season.

With the start of the food truck season in Edmonton only a few days away, operators are in a fog about the parking rules.

A city memo was shared by a food truck operator that he received last Friday.

“As of this year, you will receive a sales permit that does not specify a specific location. The street spots are determined according to the first-come-first-serve principle; That means if you get to an EPark site first, this is your place for the day, ”the memo says.

The confusion centers around a statement from an Edmonton traffic communications representative emailed to Global News on Thursday.

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“We can confirm that there will be no changes to the city’s reservation system for food truck operators this summer. Food truck operators can still reserve spaces in the EPark zones for their food trucks (at current prices), ”the statement said.


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Last year a reserved space was available for $ 750 a month, with the EPark site then hooded to prevent other vehicles from taking the space.

“Yes, being a food truck owner right now is pretty confusing,” said Kim Szalynski, operator of Curbside.

“A lot of people worry how this will affect their business because our customers need to know where we are at all times.”

Szalynski said dealing with the city was “difficult”.

“When you send an email there is an automatic response that says we will contact you within 24 hours, which is not necessarily the case,” she said.

“When you call the number, it’s an automated service so you can’t really reach anyone. And because in most cases this is a general email, it is about a different person. You get another person to answer you at any time. “

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The news quickly got around in the food truck industry after the first email came out of town last Friday.

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“It was a shock,” said Szalynski after it was shared with her. “The food truck operators, we all look out for one another. When we passed this information on from another food truck, I think everyone was a little surprised to hear from our colleague that this was happening instead of hearing it directly from the city’s vending machine officials. “


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“No changes will be made to the reservation system for food trucks in the city center without the city having previously agreed with the food truck operators,” said a city traffic spokesman in an email.

“We are in the process of contacting food truck operators to make sure they know there are no changes to the reservation system.”

Some food truck operators have received an email from municipal parking services that for Thursday the 28th.

“By not reserving EPark stands, we are suggesting the benefits for you and the current state of the city in terms of costs and difficulties in enforcing them. They are also informed about the “advantages of roaming permission”. They are also told that they can buy both formats. “

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Szalynski said she sent her information for the upcoming season to the city three weeks ago and heard no response.

“A lot of people have invested a lot of time and money in what they do, and a lot of people do just that,” she said.

“In order not to be able to provide the services they want Edmonton to offer, it becomes difficult and many trucks don’t have to keep doing what they are doing.”

The season starts on April 1st.

WATCH BELOW (June 29, 2018): Boyle Street Eats is an Edmonton food truck that is manned solely with people who have been affected by the homelessness. As Albert Delitala explains, the plans go well beyond just selling groceries.

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