Starting a catering van business is a more expensive option than a catering trailer based business but a great option if manoeuvrability is an important factor.
Food Trucks are ideal for a working at the side of a road, in a lay-by, at a market or a car boot. The cheaper options are standard vans that are converted, but they have one major disadvantage and that is the counter height, which is usually very high. The ideal piece of equipment for this type of operation is a lowered chassis unit, this brings the counter height to the norm, rather than chin level, but they come at a price.
Be very careful about the weight of the unit and also tachograph and operators.
For traders in London it is also essential that you don’t buy a van that falls foul of the ‘Low Emission Zone’ as you will be charged £100 a day or a £500 fine just to drive it within the M25. Furthermore, if you leave the van over-night in London and drive out again this will cost you £200.
To find out if your van or prospective van is exempt from the low emission zone charges follow the link below. (These rules can also apply to towing vehicles and some refrigerated vans.)Visit the low emissions zone website