New York City street vendors will no longer be subject to enforcement by the city’s police department, moving the regulation of unlicensed mobile food sellers to other city departments, according to a recent announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio also said the city would create a new civic agency to regulate mobile food vendors. The NYPD issues an average of 18,000 tickets a year to street vendors, according to research by the advocacy group Street Vendor Project, cited in Eater. Sellers, many of whom are immigrants or people of color, have long complained about the police force. The Street Vendor Project called the mayor’s move “a major step forward to reaching our goal of legalizing street vending in New York City.,” Restaurant Business reported.