The Government has published new guidelines on street trading and pedlary in response to calls from local authorities and town centre management organisations. On the face of it the document appears to have side-stepped most of the key issues raised.
The document is complex and while arguing the case for protecting the interests of retailers it defends the rights of street traders and pedlars making it difficult for local authorities to control the number of street traders and frequency of their activities until it becomes a serious Health & Safety issue.
The Directive proposes to impose obligations on pedlars to provide details relating to the goods and services they offer in line with the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 . This may help to reduce the numbers or it may simply go unpoliced and unnoticed.
The challenge for local authorities and town centre managers to easily distinguish legal pedlars and street traders from illegal street traders remains. The fact that pedlars can move from town to town and not just trade in the town that issued their licence is an added burden on those trying to control numbers of street traders. The suggestion of a national database of licensed pedlars could resolve this issue to a degree.
A copy of the government's response document may be downloaded below.
Click here to download Street Trading and Pedlar Laws
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