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Trucks give food for thought
Daniel Lee runs his business with his father.

Food trucks would be the perfect, not to mention fun, antidote to Perth's high-priced and average restaurant fare.

They would also work here because our weather is similar to California.

It's a given that food trucks would not work in a cold, rainy city because one is essentially eating on the street.

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Perth's fine, sunny weather is perfect for a food-truck revolution.

But don't expect it anytime soon.

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has ruled out food trucks on the grounds that they would provide unwanted competition to established, rate-paying retailers.

"The council does not favour mobile food vans which would draw customers away from established businesses that pay annual council rates," she said.

"There is no shortage of food premises in the city and it is already a very competitive environment in the current economic climate."

But recently elected Town of Vincent Mayor Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the idea.

"If this is something that satisfies a demand and provides a new experience, we can't just be the dead hand of bureaucracy about these things," she said.

"We have to find a way that is fair to everyone, including existing retailers. There's an appetite for new experiences and I think we have a very progressive community (in Vincent)."

In Los Angeles, all food trucks are licensed and have to satisfy the same health codes as any other food business.

Apart from that, they're free to operate when and where they like.

Most LA operators make a point of not parking near existing food businesses, thereby keeping the peace with other retailers.

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