Why Would You Ban The Drive Thru?
Honestly, since I have changed my eating habits I don't do fast food that much anymore. And a long line at a drive thru was an instant turn off for me. I'd always rather go in and get my food. I don't eat in the car. I want to make sure my order is correct. A plethora of things. So honestly, this isn't that big of a deal for me.
But for some, the drive thru is a way of life. Especially if you have a car full of kids. It's cold out, you don't want to leave the comfort of your car, you want to be on your phone and order food and then eat it. It's a convenience right?
That being said, why would some cities and towns be looking to ban the drive thru? Like, if you're constructing a new restaurant, they are creating zoning laws and such that would prohibit you from making a drive thru for your establishment.
And wait. This ban wouldn't only be for restaurants. Banks would be included. Any business that would have a drive up feature. Where you can do business from your car.
Simple. The environment and climate change.
...the ease of idling in a vehicle while waiting for your order is now associated with another development: climate change. As a result, some communities across the U.S. are banning drive-thrus, citing the additional carbon emissions that are released. (CBS News)
And while air pollution was one reason cited, other health benefits were discussed as well.
Most of the bans are intended to curtail emissions, cut down on litter and make it easier to walk around business areas, while some towns are motivated by a desire to improve the aesthetics of a community. At other times, such bans have been touted as a means of fighting obesity by discouraging fast-food consumption. (CBS News)
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Sidebar, that whole deterring people from fast food or making them walk and get out of their car to make them healthier...not really working.
"Social Science & Medicine" found obesity rates climbed following a 2008 regulation banning opening or expanding stand-alone fast-food restaurants and drive-thru windows in south Los Angeles. (CBS News)