For many young kids, one of their fun memories from childhood is hearing the music of an ice cream truck resounding through their neighborhood or down their street in the city and running out the door or across the yard to go buy an ice cream treat of some sort from the truck. Now New York City is trying to ruin that with ridiculous new regulations that might send the ice cream truck industry out of business.
Specifically, New York City is trying to force ice cream trucks to use eco-friendly power sources, which those in the industry claim would shred their bottom line. Ice Cream Emergency owner Ed Lachterman and his wife Carol spoke out against New York City’s “ridiculous” proposal, doing the interview from inside their ice cream truck, which was parked on FOX Square, during “Fox & Friends” Monday.
Lachterman, commenting on the absolute insanity and impracticality of the proposed regulations, said, “You can’t even have solar in a home if you have trees that are too tall. How are you going to drive around the city and have a solar-powered truck in the concrete jungle?”
Continuing, Lachterman said on Fox & Freinds that the “eco-friendly” solutions to needing to move. truck full of freezers around a city are completely impractical, saying, “It’s just ridiculous. You’re going to have product costs going through the roof trying to convert something is crazy, and if you go battery, I’ll need something twice as long to hold the batteries to run it.”
Lachterman then noted that the city councilman who proposed the regulation which would prohibit the use of gas or diesel powered generators, Brooklyn Councilman Lincoln Restler, did so without thinking of the consequences for those who run ice cream trucks. “This guy is trying to put a law based on his agenda without thinking of anything, without thinking of the consequences, and that’s not what you’re in office to do,” he said.
He then added that the idea of a councilman just acting without thinking and destroying his city’s economy, saying, “You’re there to help your constituents and to say, ‘Oh, well, we’re going to just start banning things,’ all they’re going to do is put people out of work, make the economy worse and just really destroy everything that we’re trying to build up.”
And it’s not just the gas generators for ice cream trucks that are under assault for the ignorant or uncaring city council, but also things like water heaters and gas stoves, things which the hospitality industry relies on and thus would destroy the city’s economy if implemented.
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