Walking Street vendors get warning

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Pattaya officials and soldiers launched an impromptu inspection of Walking Street, looking for vendors encroaching on public sidewalks and streets.

City Councilman Morakot Noohuang, Walking Street Community President Metharak Suntharod and soldiers from the 14th Military Circle in Chonburi checked out shops and street vendors working Sept. 24.

Shops laying out products on sidewalks were told to pull in their displays. Unlicensed street sellers were told to close up shop.

The group also was on the hunt for low-hanging signs and illegal parking.

The tour came three days after a city council committee meeting addressed the issue of illegal vendors and promised to crackdown on encroachers and ban sidewalk vendors after 7 p.m.

Local officials and soldiers from the 14th Military Circle in Chonburi check out shops and street vendors along Walking Street, looking for those encroaching on public property.Local officials and soldiers from the 14th Military Circle in Chonburi check out shops and street vendors along Walking Street, looking for those encroaching on public property.

Authorities also checked connecting sois 14-16 and found vehicles parking on both sides of the road and leaving a limited room for passersby. Drivers who were located were told to park only on one side of the street.

Morakot said there were various problems to tackle in the area and violators were only warned. But new measures and penalties would be instituted and enforced in the future.