All countries have been devoted to stipulating relevant regulations for mobile food trucks during recent years, so as to develop legalized environment for the operation of mobile food trucks, and to increase employment opportunities as well as enhance national industrial competitiveness with the encouragement as well as promotion from the government. Social issues have never stopped since the rising of the mobile food truck trend in Taiwan, resulting in poor social perspectives concerning treating these as mobile vendors. The mobile food truck proprietors are feeling lost and helpless due to the lack of legalized business venues and being reported based on business against regulations.
Under these circumstances, the research takes mobile food truck as the main research target, and adopting the qualitative research approach, the documentary analysis and interviews to learn in-depth about the current development situation, predicaments, characteristics and trend for the business environment of America’s mobile food trucks, Taiwan’s mobile vendors as well as mobile food trucks
In-depth interviews are also conducted on experts from the industry, government and academia fields to collect the data. Moreover, data including Order No.182101 of San Francisco Department of Public Works, mobile food vehicles rules and regulations from Chicago Board of Health as well as regulations governing street vendors of Taiwan province are analyzed and generalized to provide the measures for legal business environment for both domestic and overseas mobile food trucks. The environmental limitations for the development of mobile food trucks in Taiwan are further explored, thereby suggesting governmental institutes to stipulate the feasible measures for mobile food trucks.
Therefore, the outcome of the research proposed 6 suggestions for the measures for the development of the business environment for mobile food trucks, acting as the reference for the government to stipulate the relevant policies in the future, or as a referential direction for stabilized operation of mobile food trucks for the proprietors.
I. Establish the project team for mobile food truck development promotion, stipulate management rules for mobile food trucks.
II. Stipulate the measures for business hours, venues and range to maintain traffic order, community peace, impartial store competition and beautification of the city, actively assist the development of mobile food trucks.
III. Use measures including detailed description of business venues (fixed spot or fixed route), as well as installation of GPS system management to ban and manage mobile food trucks in violation of the regulations.
IV. Mobile food truck competent authority should incorporate transportation bureau of local government, as well as Directorate General of Highways of the Central Government, where the integrated business supervision should be conducted by the central minister of state to avoid unfocused management, leading to ineffective execution of the policies.
V. Expand the employment opportunities while also increasing the government’s tax income with the policy measures based on mobile food truck application target set on general social people as well as small and medium enterprises, thereby creating a win-win situation.
VI. Establish innovative business model platform for mobile food trucks, use technologized
technique to integrate the suppling end and the demanding end, thereby allowing
governmental institutes with effective management and tracking.