Vending Act Passes In House Of Assembly

June 13, 2015

Despite concerns being raised by some members of the Opposition, the Vendors Act 2015 — which makes new provisions for regulating vending — passed in the House of Assembly last night [June 12].

The Act, as tabled, said that any person who vends without a licence commits an offence and any person who vends in an area that is not designated as a vending area also commits an offence.

A person will eligible for a vending licence or a temporary vending licence if he/she is at least 16-years-old and is Bermudian, the spouse of a Bermudian or a PRC holder.

The Act said the “following activities are not vending for the purposes of this Act”, listing off items including the sale of agricultural produce or horticultural produce by the producer; the sale of fish by a registered fisherman; the sale of food and drink by a person temporarily licensed to operate a food stall; the sale of Bermuda-made products; selling goods only at a fair, carnival, circus, or public exhibition; or selling goods where the profits are used solely for a charitable purpose.

The Act said it comes into operation on 1 September 2015

The Vending Act 2015 follows below [PDF here]

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Lets see if there is some enforcement on those who set up shop roadside where there is no room to park thereby creating traffic obstruction.

    • Mockingjay says:

      That’s why we will never compete with the Islands to the South of us, we’re too conservative, stuck up and regimental.
      A Colonialistic boring island.

      • Competition says:

        It isn’t even a contest. Those islands have never known the economic success Bermuda has enjoyed through a thriving IB sector. If we can’t save/fix that, we will be competing with the islands to our south in areas such as crime, housing quality, poverty, etc.

        • Mockingjay says:

          Hey Dipstick, I’m talking about the authentic local flavor that those islands posses, here we have a population that is majority African descent (for now) with deep St. Kitts and Nevis roots and we are so Colonialistic we don’t have a clue about our rich History before we came here.
          The beauty of visiting those Islands is the strong cultural pride that they have, even if they live in poverty and that’s the biggest problem with Bermuda is that we were always told by white authority that we were always better then those to the South of us even though that’s where our ROOTS are.
          And instead of embracing our Rich Cultural Heritage we’ve become spoiled prosperous surrogates that cant even get majority of its inhabitants working in the hospitality industry, something the Islands to the South of us can BOAST about.

          • I’ll just stop you for a moment and ask you and others to entertain a letter written by a friend of mine.
            I quote: “We all know that the P.L.P. let in thousands of low-wage workers as describe. The surge in work permits between 2001 and 2012 really shows us this. They opened the door to low-wage labour while showing much of Bermuda’s international businesses the door…Yes, a real double whammy to hurt all Bermudian workers.
            Thankfully that’s being rectified. Slowly in some place but still “we’re on our way up” E.o.Q.

            • Mockingjay says:

              So Stormin Norman that dismisses you and your followers from labeling them as xenophobic.
              You set yaself up for that one mate.

      • Chumba Wumba says:

        @Mockingjay – please move !

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      WOW! The dislikes outnumber the likes. Guess that means that you are the ones who think parking anywhere, interupting other peoples passage, causing them inconvenience, is just fine.

      Park anywhere, put the park anywhere lights on, & to heck with anyone else.

      Gotcha.

      I’ll bet that you are the same people who block up Queen St while you get your chicken or pick up a movie.

      • Mockingjay says:

        Not worse than the stupid @$$e$ who ride their paddle bikes side by side during rush hour.

  2. San George says:

    People will simply chose to work for the government the more barriers you place to self-help. Either way the tax payer will pay. If people are unable to help themselves they will steal – that’s easy.

    Quo Fata Ferunt

    • Onion says:

      Ok. What does this have to do with this legislation? Did you even read it?

    • Not exactly says:

      What barriers? The process has been simplified and centralised. There is now an identifying card to that if you get sold something by a mobile vendor and it is defective, at least you can call BEDC and get some contact details for them. Plus it is not additional legislation, but rather replaces the antiquated Peddlars Act from the 1800′s.

  3. In quoting my good friend: “Rules, laws and regulations are in place to be adhered to and not broken. They are the foundation of a free, democratic and capitalist society. Without them you have anarchy, led by dictators only interested in feathering their own nests!” End of quote.

    • Isn’t that what we have now?

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      prisonplanet.com enlighten oneself.

    • Mockingjay says:

      So I guess you endorsed Apartheid, Jim Crow Segregation and Slavery, they were Rules, laws and regulations that were in place to be adhered to and not broken, which helped to PROSPER this free, democratic and capitalist society !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Save that S!@# for Oprah.

      • If you’re so desperate for an argument, then I suggest you go out to docking stool, “Mockingjay” or whoever it is hiding their true ID. behind the pseudonym. By the way, don’t be putting any negative words on a page claiming them as “quotes” of mine. I know me, and what I represent…

        • Mockingjay says:

          And I know me and what I represent and I refuse to be persuaded by quotes or subliminal messages that have a underlying ideology that strays away from real issues, which you and your followers are good at doing.
          The things I talk about are REAL but uncomfortable but that’s life, so deal with it.

    • johnny says:

      ‘Rules’ and ‘free’ do not go together.

      Rules are normally made by a select few ‘Rulers’, without the consultation with the group of people that the rules will apply to, for the purposes of controlling said group.

      Furthermore, it is normal and widely accepted that the rules need not to apply to the ‘Rulers’.

      This is why some people can do as they please, while the rest of us have to follow the rules.

  4. Terry says:

    San George. Get a life.
    Your heart is buried in Somers Gardens.

    Now your mind is well…………
    Shalom.

  5. Mockingjay says:

    Old Boys Association passing acts every month.

  6. The Ridiculist says:

    Government needs to get on with the people’s business. If this is a matter of priority to legislate on your list. God help us all.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      With the America’s cup coming, it actually is important to create definable licensing regulations, to update the regulation to modern standards, mostly for liability reasons.
      It was interesting to hear the oppositions main complaint about the age restriction, with them citing how they worked as kids at stalls, and how this new legislation will stifle this… the thing is, there is nothing in the legislation that does this, the age restriction relate to who can hold the license, not who can work at the booths.

      • Mockingjay says:

        Watch out Ashley, saw on American news how police told two girls they had to shut down their lemonade stand.

        • OS says:

          Finally something intelligent from Mockingjay. Yes, these regulations will inevitably be used to shut down kids lemonade stands and other informal “businesses” that operate without a license. In general, licensing is a way to protect those already in business and stifle entrepreneurs. Licensing is never “needed” – only desired by those who would rather not see people out trying make a dollar for themselves by competing against the man.

          On a separate note, it’s disappointing that people would use the AC35 to justify this sort of legislation. The two have nothing to do with one another. No wonder people think the AC will benefit only the wealthy when they are being told they can’t start informal businesses without government red tape. For the good of AC, please stop using it to justify legislation that has nothing to do with AC.

    • Not exactly says:

      Act came from BEDC not Government proper. Plus it is long overdue.

  7. Zevon says:

    The Act is not going to “stifle business”.
    What it will do is stop amateurs setting up shabby shacks all over the roadside selling cheap imported crap.

    • @ Zevon: In reference to your commenting on the “shabby shacks”, it rekindled old memories. When I’d resided overseas on countless occasions I’d been asked, “what is Bermuda like?” and I would reply, “Bermuda isn’t like many of the other Islands; them that’s somewhat “poverty stricken.” where you’ll see live stock, chickens and even sheds all around with the gaps between, “the have not’s and the have got’s” being quite evident…
      Today I look about Bermuda and not much is different. In the past decade we’d lost a great deal of our “class” I don’t believe too many, (in Bermuda) can honestly say that they know what it’s like to have nothing :-( We have countless charities here in Bermuda that will assist anyone in need…Try getting that help elsewhere.

      • Mockingjay says:

        But we are an over priced Island that sells under classed merchandise.

        • Zevon says:

          You’re anti-Bermudian.

        • Christopher Notorius says:

          And too many people who complain about everything.

          Ed Case
          Flatts Bermuda

          • Christopher Notorius says:

            i would donate to Mockinjerks one way ticket south to the islands he loves so much. We don’t need his offensive negative comments here.

            Ed Case
            Flatts Bermuda

    • radical says:

      Exactly.

  8. Alvin Williams says:

    Of course this law is design to squeeze the small road side vendor out of the market place; a long time wish of the shops down town who has long seen them as unwanted competition.
    The small road side vendor was an avenue of economic survival for an increasing number of Bermudians who have found themselves unemployed with the prospect of government social assistance on an ever steep slope of decline.
    So while the government is closing this life line; it has not said what it will do about the people who will now find themselves victims to a Bermuda which increasing is creating an environment where it is becoming more and more difficult to live and survive economically in this country especially if you are a Bermudian.