Consultation outcome

Street trading and pedlary laws: draft regulations

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Y ddeddfwriaeth ar fasnachu yn y stryd a phedleriaeth: cydymffurfio â chyfarwyddeb gwasanethau’r ue: Ymateb y Llywodraeth i’r ymgynghoriad ar ddiddymu’r Deddfau Pedleriaid a newid y ddeddfwriaeth ar fasnachu yn y stryd yng Nghymru a Lloegr

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Detail of outcome

This response document outlines how the government is going to make sure that the UK’s pedlary and street trading regimes are compliant with the EU Services Directive. We will:

  • retain the Pedlars Act 1871 and 1881
  • remove the requirement for a pedlar to have lived in the area where he or she wants to operate
  • work with the police to make sure that the good character check for a pedlar’s certificate is objective and is applied consistently across the UK
  • amend street trading legislation so that undue restrictions on licenses for street traders are removed

Feedback received

Street trading and pedlary laws: draft regulations - individual responses

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Street trading and pedlary laws: draft regulations - local government responses

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Street trading and pedlary laws: draft regulations - pedlar responses

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Street trading and pedlary laws: draft regulations - police responses

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Street trading and pedlary laws: draft regulations - trade body responses

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Detail of feedback received

We received over 180 written responses from local authorities, police, pedlars and members of the public. The consultation was extended twice to ensure we received as many responses as possible.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

Seeks views on draft regulations, repealing the Pedlars Acts (UK wide) and changing street trading law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Documents

Consultation description

We want to know your views on draft regulations amending street trading and pedlary laws, to meet requirements of the Services Directive.

We’re asking for views in the following areas:

  • repeal of the UK wide Pedlars Acts 1871 and 1881
  • a new, clear and up to date definition of what behaviour forms acting as a pedlar for the purposes of the pedlar exemption under the street trading regimes of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • changes to Schedule 4 to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to ensure compliance with the Services Directive - (the street trading regime of England and Wales)
  • changes to the Northern Ireland (Street Trading) Act 2001 to ensure compliance with the Services Directive

Background

Our March 2011 government response to the 2009 consultation, explains our views on how to meet the new requirements in the Directive. The consensus is that the retail sale of goods is generally a service activity within the scope of the Directive. Since pedlars and street traders are engaged in the retail sale of goods, we have concluded that changes are required to both of these regimes.

The UK government and the Northern Ireland Executive are therefore seeking views on the repeal of the Pedlars Acts and changes to their respective street trading regimes. The Scottish government is only seeking views on repeal of the Pedlars Acts.