ST JOHN’S, Antigua – St John’s Development Corporation (SDJC) on Monday warned illegal vendors in the nation’s capital to prepare for “strong action” as it implements a “no tolerance” policy this year.
The corporation issued temporary permits to several street traders for Mother’s Day, but reminded them in a news release today that those permits expired on May 19, 2012.
“The Corporation will be taking strong action in dealing with vendors who insist on vending illegally within St John’s city after the period specified. Only vendors who have been duly licensed to operate should remain on the street after May 19, 2012,” the release said.
The SDJC said it would move ahead to send signed permit applications to the police.
“Vendors who would have signed to move off the streets by May 19, and are found operating beyond that period may have their goods confiscated and could face a charge or fine of EC $2,000 or imprisonment.”
The release stated that the latest action is part of wider efforts to control vending in St John’s.
“Vendors are forewarned that the corporation in conjunction with the police will be enforcing the regulations to ensure that the illegal street vending is discontinued.
The corporation will maintain a no tolerance approach to street vending in 2012 as it works feverishly to control vending in the city,” the release added.