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Jakarta Post

Bandung to regulate street vendors

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Fri, January 18 2013   /  08:46 am

Bandung municipality in West Java will limit the number of street vendors to no more than 20,000, in a bid to coordinate their areas of operation and ease traffic access in the city. The vendors currently use city sidewalks to conduct their trade, causing congestion.

A lawmaker at the Bandung council, Haru Suandharu, said the restriction was aimed at regulating all the vendors. “We don’t want the number of vendors to increase and the present vendors must also be organized,” Haru said in Bandung.

Based on data from the Bandung Cooperatives, Industry and Trade Office, the number of vendors in the city was 20,326 in 2012. Around 79 percent of them are from outside the province, 10 percent are native Bandung residents with the remainder coming from surrounding areas.

The restriction on the number of street vendors, said Haru, was part of the implementation of Bandu...