Officials have issued warnings against vendors for encroaching roads as part of inspection visits across markets in Riffa. Arrests were made and items were confiscated as part of a major crackdown against rogue traders and illegal workers in Riffa.
The campaign by Southern Municipality resulted in the arrest of a number of illegal workers as well as confiscating a large number of items. According to reports, the violating businesses used the space in front of their shops to sell their products or to use it as a workspace thereby encroaching the road.
Sources said the items confiscated included furniture, chairs, electronic and electrical appliances fruits and vegetables. The items were kept outside the premises of the shops with an intention to encroach roads and this contributed to traffic jams. Recently 17 violations were uncovered in Al Hajiyat Street in Riffa.
Activities such as the repair of washing machines and air –conditioners, reselling tires as well as selling iron and aluminum products were conducted by vendors encroaching roads in Riffa. Those items were confiscated and action was taken against the businesses.
The municipality has informed the owners of these shops about the need to respect the law and conduct commercial activity in accordance with the legal procedures residing in the kingdom. The businesses that do not comply with the warning will face further action, the officials said.