PNG street vendors face spot fines

11:59 am on 3 July 2015

Authorities in Papua New Guinea's National Capital District are warning business owners that they face spot fines of nearly 2-thousand US dollars if they sell products on the street.

The newspaper, The National reports that warnings have already been served on some businesses around the city, ahead of the Pacific Games which will begins today in Port Moresby.

The National Capital District Commission director urban safety Paul Komboi says businesses such as shops and kai bars must keep the front of their premises neat and tidy to avoid the fine.

Street vendor, Papua New Guinea.

Street vendor, Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Mr Komboi says police will be keeping watch of shop fronts and public places to stop street vending which is an eyesore.

Shop owners have also been told not to engage youths to sell products on the streets because it creates rubbish which they do not clean up.

Apart from the monitoring of the illegal sales of betel nuts, the NCDC Urban Safety Unit will be providing security at car parks for people at the Games.

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