13 December 2010

The Plight Of Street Hawkers

Approximately 9,000 summons are issued every year to illegal street hawkers.  A first-time offender is fined $300.

To be eligible for a licence under the Street Hawking Scheme, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents, belong to a household in which the gross monthly income is $1,500 or less or $450 per capita or less, be at least 45 years old and otherwise unemployed.

Three out of 71 applicants this year received their licences.  Altogether, 881 licences have been given out.

It costs $120 to renew a licence.

Note:  "9,000 Peddlers Caught Each Year", The Straits Times, 25 July 2010.

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