West Kelowna turns the mute button off ice cream trucks

Roaming mobile vendors are now allowed to amplify music while their vehicles are in motion.

Scooter's Ice Cream truck driver Tiani Piggot takes a break outside Municpal Hall in West Kelowna. According to Mayor Doug Findlater

Scooter's Ice Cream truck driver Tiani Piggot takes a break outside Municpal Hall in West Kelowna. According to Mayor Doug Findlater

One of summer’s classic theme tunes won’t be banned in West Kelowna after a public outcry over the district’s initial decision.

Westside council originally voted in favour of banning all forms of music and amplifying devices from mobile vendors May 22.

Following that meeting, the district was flooded with letters, phone calls and e-mails opposing the decision.

After realizing their initial thoughts on the matter did not align with the majority of residents, council opted to amend the Mobile Vending Policy Tuesday.

Roaming mobile vendors are now allowed to amplify music while their vehicles are in motion.

“I was really pleased with the number of residents that expressed their views on this issue,” said Coun. Gord Milsom.

“I thought that was a good sign of democracy in action.”

Milsom also managed to convince council to allow roaming mobile vendors to stop in one location for up to 30 minutes, rather than the proposed 15 minutes that was suggested in the previous policy.

Findlater said that the silent ice cream truck issue wasn’t the biggest issue in terms of public feedback in the municipality’s five-year history; however, he agreed: “There was certainly a lot of interest in a very short period of time.”

Coun. Bryden Winsby, who initially voted against the motion to ban ice cream truck music, still feels that the policy is too restrictive.

He was one of two councillors to vote against the amended policy, noting that mobile vendors such as the Rolling Stove in Kelowna play music while stationary.

“In this case we may be guilty of over-regulating,” said Winsby.

“I think we should do our best to ensure those who are operating mobile vending businesses, fixed or in motion, be allowed to make a sound or two, whether it’s through broadcast or music, and deal with the problem as it arises.”

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