Fine up to OMR 1000 riyals for street vendors without a license: Muscat Municipality

Mr. Sulaiman bin Muhammad Al-Hinai, Director of the Services Development Department at Muscat Municipality, said that the decision of the street vendors was licensed under Resolution 41/2016 issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, and its aim was to create a source of income for job seekers and those with a commercial passion to start their practical life with simple capital.

Al-Hinai added, during radio statements to Al shabiba, that the second objective of the decision was to provide a service to visitors to some tourist places where some tourist facilities and sites where services are not available.

He explained that when implementing the decision, many abuses appeared, the most important of which is the employment of foreign workers in this activity in an irregular manner, in addition to the work of many street vendors without obtaining the required permits to practice this activity, in addition to some obtaining permits to practice the activity of street vendors despite their work in Governmental and private entities.

He said that one of the most important activities in which we encountered such abuses was the activity of selling and grilling meat “mashakeek”, as well as the activity of selling vegetables and fruits, not knowing the sources of this meat and its existence and storage in an unhealthy environment, as well as some resorting to renting permits for this activity after obtaining them or allowing others to use them In exchange for paying a large material fee to exploit their need.

The official at Muscat Municipality added that expired permits were discovered with the difficulty of knowing the owner of the permit and holding him accountable, in addition to practicing activity in unlicensed sites and areas, standing in places that prevent the competent authorities from working, standing in them, and standing late at night, in addition to some people violating the privacy of residential areas by standing and practicing selling activity.

In residential communities, which led to a rise in complaints from citizens in this regard. And the Muscat Municipality had identified many places in the wilayats of the governorate, taking into account that they are far from the main streets, far from residences and population gatherings, and far from commercial areas in which the same activities are practiced, in addition to identifying vital and tourist sites in which some commercial and municipal facilities and activities are not available. other sites in the coming period.

Regarding the procedures, Al-Hinai said: “In the beginning, the seller must apply to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion to request a permit to practice the activity of street vendors, and then review the competent municipality whose activity is located in this geographical location to study the sites and the possibility of practicing the activity in that location, and this depends on the number of practitioners of the same activity in that location. A specific geographical location to avoid overcrowding of repetitive activities and the absence of competition and the desired benefit for each activity.

He added, “We count on the awareness of the citizen practicing this activity in the first place, but Article 9 of Ministerial Resolution No. 240/2016 stipulates that there are fines that may reach 1,000 Omani riyals for those who practice the activity of a street vendor without obtaining a license, and a fine of 50 Omani riyals after a written warning in In the event of violating any of the articles of the ministerial decision related to public health protection related to food, this fine will be doubled in the event of repetition, and the matter may reach the cancellation of the license.

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