JIS News

Story Highlights

  • More than 600 handcart operators have been registered by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
  • The decision to register handcarts followed months of discussion among the KSAC, police and handcart owners and operators.
  • Each handcart operator has to pay a registration fee of $3,000 per year to operate in the Corporate Area.

More than 600 handcart operators have been registered by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), since the period of registration ended last month, says Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke.

Mrs. Brown Burke was addressing the monthly KSAC Council meeting, at its Church Street chambers, in downtown Kingston on December 10.

“This has been a useful exercise that has certainly provided us with a better understanding of this sector. I am pleased that we were able to respond to some of the needs that were brought to our attention during the registration process,” she said.

The decision to register handcarts followed months of discussion among the KSAC, police and handcart owners and operators.

This move became necessary due to the challenges that were being faced in the market district stemming from the rapid growth of handcarts operating in the area and negatively impacting pedestrian and vehicular traffic, often without regard for the safety of pedestrians, and many traffic regulations.

Each handcart operator has to pay a registration fee of $3,000 per year to operate in the Corporate Area.

In the meantime, she informed that last month, the KSAC coordinated a meeting with several entities for handcart operators at the Jamaica Conference Centre to present vital information to them.

Some of the entities included the Inland Revenue Department (TRN Department), HEART Trust/NTA, National Housing Trust, Jamaica Constabulary Force and City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union.

“I know that all the members of the market department who were on hand were heartened at the end of the presentations by the high level of appreciation from this group as they collected their ID cards,” she said.