St. John’s, Newfoundland – The city of St. John’s, Newfoundland has lifted a two-week-old moratorium on drive-through restaurant outlets. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) has issued a statement commending the city on taking a consultative approach to solving traffic problems and rescinding the ban on drive-throughs.

“Restaurant owners that operate drive-throughs are very sensitive to the needs of the community when it comes to traffic congestion, and we want to work with municipalities to help solve any issues,” said Luc Erjavec, CFRA vice president for Atlantic Canada. “We are delighted that St. John’s will work with us to solve the problems, instead of banning drive-throughs.”

Business owners are typically required to do rigorous site planning and traffic pattern studies before requesting permission to build a drive-through. However, older sites often need updating to handle traffic congestion and consumer demand.

“Occasionally an outlet is the victim of its own success,” Erjavec said. “As more customers come to the outlet, some site adjustments may be needed to meet the increased demand.”

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