Taco Trucks

May 4, 2008

This is actually a harder issue than I gave it credit for at first. Restaurant owners certainly have no legitimate grounds for their complaint that taco trucks undercut their prices. Right, that’s what competition is all about; you don’t own your potential customers, they can eat wherever they want.

On the other hand, depending on the location of these taco trucks, their presence could cause significant interference with the course of business on what is supposed to be public property. By taking over the street with a taco truck, you are preventing other people from using it. It may be true that having a taco truck on a street is actually the best use of the street, but using it for one thing still means foregoing other uses.

In general, I’m opposed to the idea of having a law on the books that is only selectively enforced. In some ways selective enforcement is better than consistent enforcement of a bad law, but I don’t like the fact that citizens in such situations can have no reasonable expectation about whether or not they will be punished. Selective enforcement seems to undermine what is more or less the foundation of “rule of law,” and that is a problem.


One Response to “Taco Trucks”

  1. TheDeeZone Says:

    I think maybe the restaurants should offer a better product at a better value than be whiners.

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