California DOT Suspends Restricting Food Trucks at State’s Rest Areas

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California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-52-20 suspends restrictions of selling commercial food at the state’s rest areas during the COVID-19 crisis. The FHWA suspended related federal prohibitions last week.

The California Department of Transportation will begin accepting applications immediately. Applicants can submit requests for specific rest areas at dot.ca.gov/programs/traffic-operations/food-trucks-rest-areas.

The state rest area system was created to promote greater safety and convenience on state highways.

Because many rest areas have been established in remote areas with fewer roadside services available, The California Department of Transportation cannot guarantee every rest area will be served by a food truck and at what frequency.

If an applicant has any questions, they should contact their local district. See a list of contacts by district here: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/traffic-operations/ep/district-contacts.


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