AMHERST, N.Y - The popular Lloyd Taco Truck was asked to leave a commerce park in Amherst on Monday.
The town's building inspector, Thomas Ketchum, said Lloyd did not have the proper permit to serve food on Ridge Lea Road.
Lloyd's owner, Peter Cimino, and his attorney told 2 On Your Side that the town does not have a permit pertaining to food trucks.
The town's transient business 90 day permit costs $100 and covers a single location in the town.
Cimino says the permit legislation, which was drawn up in 1993, pertains to peddlers, or door to door salespeople.
Ketchum said Monday night, "We're looking at it in terms of how they're competing with fixed business on real property. So a $100 fee as opposed to a business at a fixed location that's paying real estate taxes and other taxes, we feel that a $100 fee for a food vendor is not very onerous."
Earlier this month, the town board approved a resolution that would allow lawmakers to start discussion on permit legislation specific to food trucks. However, board members haven't passed that specific legislation.
Cimino and his attorney say they are continuing to talk with the town in hopes of resolving this issue.
You'll remember many food trucks in Buffalo recently had issues about where they could or couldn't go, and that was eventually resolved after the common council passed permit legislation.