The Port-of-Spain City Police (PoSCP) is renewing its call for the public to adhere to all the laws on vending in the legal way, following the arrests of two women for illegal vending in the capital city.

An official statement from the Police Service reports on an incident on Thursday March 11th, which led to the arrests of two women—a 43-year-old Guyanese national who resides in Laventille, and a 55-year-old Trinidadian of Arima—who had been unable to provide certificates indicating they could legally vend where they were.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm yesterday, PoSCP officers approached the vendors who were located Independence Square South and enquired whether they had permits from the Port-of-Spain City Council to vend on the streets.  The women reportedly were unable to provide the necessary documentation and subsequently were arrested and their items seized.

Both were charged with wilful obstruction, unlawful pitch of a stall, offering for sale and displaying tobacco products and offering for sale other commodities.

The women were granted station bail of $2,000 in connection with the illegal vending charges.

They are expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on May 5th, 2021.