Registration coming for PoS vendors

Ven­dors who ply their trade with­in Port-of-Spain may have an op­por­tu­ni­ty to be le­git­imised as the Port-of-Spain City Coun­cil ex­plores the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a reg­is­tra­tion process for them.

The rev­e­la­tion came from may­or Joel Mar­tinez at the coun­cil’s statu­to­ry meet­ing.

“We are con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of reg­is­ter­ing all ven­dors in the city of Port-of-Spain to al­low them to be­come le­git­i­mate...so they can ply their trade suc­cess­ful­ly and eq­ui­tably so they are able to en­sure we can have law and or­der in the city of Port-of-Spain,” Mar­tinez said.

He said the cor­po­ra­tion was in the process of ex­plor­ing a reg­is­tra­tion pro­gramme which would al­low the ven­dors to op­er­ate freely while si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly pro­vid­ing “some sort of struc­ture.”

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia af­ter the meet­ing, Mar­tinez said cur­rent­ly, on­ly those ven­dors along Char­lotte Street are le­git­i­mate.

As it stands vend­ing is con­sid­ered to be il­le­gal and in or­der to be le­git­imised they need­ed to be reg­is­tered with the city.

“We have done that with the Char­lotte Street ven­dors so they have a le­git­i­mate right to op­er­ate on Char­lotte Street be­tween the pe­ri­od of time we reg­is­tered them un­til the reg­is­tra­tion comes to an end.

Every year on the 31st of De­cem­ber we must bring the pro­gramme to an end. So on Jan­u­ary 1, we then re-reg­is­ter the ven­dors and al­low them to op­er­ate again,” he said.

He said reg­is­ter­ing could pro­vide ven­dors with some peace of mind.

He added: “A po­lice of­fi­cer can move you at any point in time be­cause you’re not reg­is­tered to be there....some of them have been there for many years and have not af­fect­ed any­body but now it gives them the free­dom to feel com­fort­able to op­er­ate in that space.”

Reporter: Rishard Khan

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