BMA readies 5 zones in four districts for street vendors


Street vendors will be allowed back to ply their trade on the footpaths in four Bangkok districts after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) agreed to the setup of 191 stalls. Registration of vendors is set for February before sales begin in March.

Bangkok Governor Assawin Khwanmuang said five areas in four districts had been designated vendor zones: Soi Bang Khunthian 69 in Bang Khunthian district (45 stalls), Saleeratthawipak Road in Phaya Thai District (36 stalls), the area opposite Pata department store in Bang Phlat district (66 stalls), an area close to Central Plaza Pinklao (20 stalls), and an area near Tesco Lotus Pinklao in Bangkok Noi district (24 stalls).
BMA will complete the drafting of regulations and criteria by January 20 and will announce the registration date within 15 days.
To be eligible for registration, the applicant must be a low-income earner and meets the criteria for a state welfare card.
The BMA will prepare the sites for sales to begin on March 5.
Rules vendors are subjected to include: registered vendors are prohibited from sale or rental of their stalls; they must leave a 2 metre-wide passage for disabled people and pedestrians beside the stalls; the stall area should be 1 metre deep, 2 meters wide and 50 cm away from the road; vendors are prohibited from placing items beyond the allowed space.