THE reported seizure of dozens of handcarts by the police in downtown Kingston has been met with criticisms by Jamaica Observer online readers. An Observer article yesterday said vendors and owners have been left fuming after more than 100 handcarts were confiscated over the past six weeks despite the absence of a proposed policy to regulate the use of the carts in the busy business district. The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) earlier this year said that it was in the process of setting rules for the operation of handcarts in downtown Kingston. However, the policy is yet to be finalised. Here are some edited comments:
If the fees are not yet finalised, it is not reasonable to take the carts. Why are we so brutal to each other in this country?
When will the police stop being a puppet for the capitalist?
I understand the need for order. But if the process for registering is not finalised, then any confiscation for this reason would be unfair. Also, it isn't only disorder that leads to crime. A lack of a means of earning a living can also lead to crime.
Seems we're putting the cart before the horse. Or ,in this case before a system that doesn't exist. Where and how much should they pay? Talks or in discussions doesn't mean it's finalised.
Something is very wrong here. How can the KSAC be waiting on the vendors to come in and set the rate for registration? The KSAC should "SET" the rate, then put all the policies in place, educate the handcarts operators then only after all this is done and there are guidelines that are breached can you seize their carts as they would be operating contrary to the set policies. Come on KSAC, do your job!
Will these handcart owners be charged storage fees?
As is the norm, this Government will tell you forever about "ongoing discussions" and no action. The police have to do what they have to do. However, the vendors will forever suffer at the hands of confused laws and lawmakers' inability to come up with workable solutions.
Robotham said, as a result, the KSAC has not reached a definitive position on the fees.
Then OBVIOUSLY you CANNOT seize handcarts. Shame on all of you!. To think you love the poor what a lala if you did not?
Putting pressure on these handcart vendors is unfair. It's easy to put the pressure on the vulnerable. When last has the KSAC looked for illegal signs and breaches of the building code? Oops, sorry, it's
their friends so you cant
PNP country. LOL!