Illegal vending is a common feature in Jamaica. This is when vendors try to sell in areas that they are not licenced to sell in, including sidewalks, roadways, in the town centre and other unregulated areas. Generally, these rules are in place to allow commuters to travel freely, and safely and also to ensure proper control of vendors. However in a lot of cases, the vendors do not abide by the rules.
The St James Parish Council is ready to unveil its anti-street vending campaign, but it is waiting for Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, the commanding officer for the St James Police Division, who has indicated that he wants to be involved in the exercise.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of the St James Parish Council on Thursday, Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris said the parish council is ready to tackle the contentious issue.
“The police have asked that they be present when these signs are being installed,” said Harris. “The holes to erect the signs are dug and so we are awaiting word from Superintendent McGregor, who has promised that he would move speedily so that enforcement can begin immediately. We are talking about the no parking, no stopping, no vending signs and others.”
Let’s hope that there will be some progress with this new initiative.