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