After a lengthy, three-hour debate at city hall, the committee has recommended a food truck pilot project be launched, but with significant changes to the rules proposed by city staff.

The rules have been changed to include fewer inspections, lower licencing fees and no GPS systems to track where trucks are setting up shop.

Only a handful of Londoners took part in Wednesday night's public meeting about food trucks, a far different scene from 10 months ago.

London Mayor Matt Brown says "It's safe to say that the majority of us are happy to move this forward so today is decision day."

Ultimately the committee voted unanimously to recommend a pilot project of eight food trucks begin this year.

But among the changes from staff recommendations are:

  • annual licencing fee for new food trucks slashed from $3,565 dollars to $1,225
  • the lower fee means fewer safety inspections which drop from twice a month to eight times a year
  • no GPS systems will be required to track where they are parking

Brown says, "The committee has made a recommendation that's still a very modest, measured pilot program that will see the food trucks on city streets in the summer of 2015."

And with 13 of council's 15 members taking part in the debate, next week's council meeting will likely be little more than a rubber stamp of the recommendation.