Food trucks OK’d for rest stops

From Local Sources

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation is launching a temporary program to permit licensed food trucks to operate at rest area locations on Indiana interstate highways.

The idea is to provide food and beverage options for commercial truck drivers and motorists engaged in essential travel during the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to INDOT.

The program will provide needed options for truck drivers, many of whom are reporting limited availability of food and beverage options near highways across the country due to restaurants and other businesses following public health guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, including closing dining rooms and in some cases reducing hours of service.

INDOT will issue two permits for food trucks to operate between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day on a first-come, first-served basis for more than two dozen rest area locations around the state, including the I-64 “Nancy Hanks” rest areas at the 59-mile marker, both eastbound and westbound.

The permits are a temporary measure taken to address needs ancillary to essential travel during the COVID-19 State of Emergency and are in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Notice of Enforcement Discretion titled “Operation of Commercial Food Trucks in Federally Funded Interstate Highway Rest Areas," issued Friday.

Interested applicants should review the “Indiana Rest Area and Welcome Center Temporary Permit Application for Food Truck Service” document available at or INDOT's COVID-19 response webpage at

Only complete applications will be considered. All submitted applications must include:

• Proof of a current liability insurance policy;

• A valid operating registration, license or permit from the Indiana State Department of Health, a local health department, or other valid issuing authority as required under IC 16-42-1-6 and 410 IAC 7-24-107; and

• Proof of Registration and good standing with the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State.

If granted a permit, applicants will be required to comply with all permit terms detailed in the permit application and permit form documents.

INDOT says completed applications can be emailed to

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