THERE will be an increase in food trucks in the Federal Territories as the Government gears up to issue around 1,000 licences to operators by the end of the year.
The plan is to replace the roadside stall concept with food truck alleys or centres in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan by 2020, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
To date, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has issued more than 220 food truck licences.
The first of these centres was launched at the car park beside the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre as part of the ministry’s Food Truck Carnival in conjunction with the ninth World Urban Forum.
“We are in discussions with van and truck manufacturers about how we can address the problems faced by the traders such as obtaining financial loans.
“We are also in talks with the Majlis Amanah Rakyat and National Entrepreneurial Group Economic Fund on ways to assist them to get the programme underway.
“There are a few places we are looking at to set up food truck centres or alleys in locations such as carparks, which will be provided during lunch hours or at night.
He gave the example of a food truck centre in Putrajaya stationed along the riverside by the New Millennium Monument, complete with electricity and water supply as well as a rubbish collection point.
Catering to the budget of possible visitors, Tengku Adnan explained that the food trucks at the newly launched centre have been asked to price at least one item on the menu at RM5.