State Authorized Food Trucks to
Operate at Rest Areas During COVID-19
April, 2020__ Sacramento, CA__ Following Friday’s Executive Order by
Governor Gavin Newsom and a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) rule
change, Caltrans is allowing temporary operation of Food Trucks in state rest
areas during the COVID-19 public health emergency to help provide access to
food for highway truck drivers and motorists, and provide opportunities to Food
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The goal is to increase the number of convenient food options
available to truck drivers. Food Truck operators can apply for a temporary
encroachment easement permit to operate at one or more of the State’s 86 Rest Areas.
Each Food Truck is responsible for all waste clean-up and removal, following
all food-safety rules, and maintaining social distancing among employees and
Operators need to specify the rest areas for which they are
applying, and the permits will be valid through June 15, 2020. Because food
trucks are licensed locally, each truck can only operate within the locality
for which they are licensed and permitted by the local Health Inspector.
“Helping our truckers and facilitating the movement of essential
goods during the COVID-19 crisis is a priority. We hope this gives truckers
more food options to keep them and the economy moving,” said Caltrans
Director Toks Omishakin.
“We also hope this provides additional business
opportunities for Food Trucks hit hard by stay-at-home health orders.”
Governor 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.
Caltrans will begin accepting applications immediately.
Applicants can submit requests for specific rest areas at the website: dot.ca.gov/programs/traffic-operations/food-trucks-rest-areas
The State’s Rest Areas system was created to promote greater
safety and convenience on State highways. For details on each rest area, visit CALTRANS
QuickMap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov
In the left-most QuickMap window, click on Options and then click the Rest Area box. A
simple map of the Rest Areas s is also attached to this email.
Because many rest areas have been established in remote areas
with fewer roadside services available, Caltrans cannot guarantee every Rest Area
will be served by a food truck and at what frequency.
Lists of participating food trucks will be posted on the Caltrans
If an applicant has any questions, they should contact their
See a list of contacts by district here: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/traffic-operations/ep/district-contacts