City Changes Rules to Crack Down on Food Vendors Who Owe Fines

Carted and carded.

Following up on its story about the rogue hot-dog-cart operator who owes more than $330,000 in fines, the Post — which once used "City to Street Vendors: Urine Trouble" as a headline — claims that the city was able to collect only $1.2 million of $4.8 million total health-department fines doled out to street vendors last year because lots of food-sellers are allegedly just applying for new licenses instead of addressing extant violations. The DOH is working with the NYPD to introduce a new policy this month that focuses on permit holders, not individual vendors, in an effort to make those who profit more accountable for fines. [NYP, Related]