New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a bill that would allow the sale of food trucks in grocery stores and on the road.
The measure would also allow vendors to self-distribute their food.
Cuomo is also asking for the establishment of a program that would reimburse food trucks for the cost of food delivered to consumers.
“Food trucks are an economic boon to communities that have become more diverse, and this legislation would allow us to support businesses that are serving food that’s fresh and tasty,” said Cuomo in a statement.
The legislation was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday.
The new legislation is a direct response to the increase in food trucks, which have made an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue for the state in the last three years, according to a study commissioned by the governor.
In 2014, the Food Truck Safety Coalition (FTSC) estimated that the average price of a pound of produce delivered to the average household was $3.20.
The state’s food truck ban has caused a shortage of trucks, but Cuomo has been pushing for the bill to become permanent.
He is pushing for a statewide food truck bill to be introduced this year.
According to a report from the FTSC, the legislation will allow vendors, such as grocery stores, to sell fresh, packaged and frozen food at a lower price point.
However, the bill will also allow food trucks to operate in grocery store and roadside locations, where they would be subject to inspections.
“I am excited to see this legislation in the legislature,” said Tuck Everitt, president of the Food Safety Coalition.
“It’s a positive step forward to finally put an end to the trucks that are wreaking havoc in our communities.
It’s a great way to support small business, and it’s also an important step forward in combating foodborne illness.”
The FTSC also noted that the legislation would create a “market-based approach to ensure that the food trucks operating in New York County do not discriminate against people of color, the homeless, the disabled and the working poor.”
According to the report, the law would require food trucks that sell more than 5,000 pounds of food a year to have an inspection and be registered.
The food trucks would also be required to use an automated kiosk to sell food to consumers in the county, which would cost an estimated 1 million dollars per year.
In addition to the food truck exemption, the new legislation would also prohibit vendors from charging higher prices for produce, including tomatoes, avocados and strawberries, and from selling frozen food in the supermarket.