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New executive order will allow permitted food trucks to work at Arizona rest areas

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Posted at 7:19 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 10:26:33-04

PHOENIX — A new executive order signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey this week will allow permitted food trucks to sell their food and drinks at some rest areas along the state’s highways.

Typically, commercial activity is not allowed at federally funded rest areas, according to a news release, however, the Federal Highway Administration recently loosened its restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food operators do have to apply for a free permit via the Arizona Department of Transportation’s website. Apply here.

To start, food trucks will be allowed to operate at eight rest areas in Arizona. Depending on demand, more rest areas could be added.

Along Interstate 17:

  • Sunset Point
  • Christensen

Along Interstate 40:

  • Haviland
  • Parks
  • Meteor Crater

Along Interstate 10:

  • Ehrenberg
  • Burnt Wells
  • Sacaton

“We want to ensure we’re doing everything we can to support the truck drivers who are working long hours to keep our grocery stores stocked and our medical professionals equipped,” Ducey said in a statement. “Today’s order (Wednesday) will allow long-haul truck drivers to buy nutritious food during their trips, and will help increase business for food trucks at this time. Arizona will emerge from this public health challenge stronger by supporting each other and staying connected.”

Under the executive order, food trucks will not be allowed to sell alcohol or alcoholic drinks.

ADOT recently reopened its Parks and Christensen rest areas to commercial truck drivers.