Saturday, February 24, 2018

Street vending gets city OK


Busy: Yvonne McLean-Roberts buys fresh vegetables from a vendor on Charlotte Street, Port of Spain, yesterday. The Port of Spain City Corporation announced on Thursday at its monthly statutory meeting at City Hall that it agreed to allow street vending and vendors would be regularised on a phased basis. A part of the corporation’s plan is for vendors to be issued with blue polo shirts with the wording “City of Port of Spain vendor”. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

Mark Fraser

Street vending will once again become part of the landscape of the nation’s capital, Alderman Asha Permanand announced on Thursday.

Speaking at the Port of pain City Corporation’s monthly statutory meeting at City Hall, Permanand said the Port of Spain City Corporation has agreed to allow street vending.

“This is some good news for our vendors. The regularisation of vendors will be implemented on a phased basis so we are starting step by step so this is not a run into it.” Our registered vendors---- our vendors are going to be registered and they will be easily identified because they will be wearing blue polo shirts with the wording City of Port of Spain vendor. So this is a positive step and I want you to convey this to your burgesses,” she told the councillors.

Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee asked that the media be used to advertise the move.

“In your new thrust to regularise this there will be some changes across and we would not want vendors to be caught with their pants down so to speak. So I think it will not hurt to let the national community know by way of newspaper releases reports, what ever medium is used, there should be some adequate amount of advertising,” he said.