Terengganu bans traders operating at traffic light junctions
Last Update: 08/08/2019
KUALA TERENGGANU, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- Street vendors who ply their trade at traffic light junctions in Terengganu will have to stop such activities with immediate effect.
State Entrepreneurship, Micro Industries and Hawker Affairs Committee chairman Mohd Nurkhuzaini Abd Rahman, said the decision was made after a meeting with the Royal Malaysia Police, local authorities, the Road Transport Department and the Labour Department.
He added that it was illegal under the Traffic Regulations Act 1959, which prohibits traders from operating their businesses on sidewalks and road shoulders. Their activities were also in conflict with the Local Government Act 1976.
He said that traders must comply with the directive because it was not only illegal but related to safety and hygiene issues, he told a press conference in Wisma Darul Iman.
Nurkhuzaini said traders who failed to do so would have to face a RM250 compound penalty and their merchandise would also be seized.
“To enforce the law, an integrated operation would be carried out by the local authorities and police in all areas except in Setiu which will be determined later,” he said.
Nurkhuzaini said the 'trend' of hawkers trading at traffic light junctions started early last year and had drawn both support and complaints from the locals, some of whom had protested that their presence was endangering road users. Over 40 compounds had been issued since the beginning of this year.