Talks are ongoing with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force to potentially put measures in place to enforce a seven-year-old policy requiring vendors to seek permission to sell water in the capital city of Road Town.
This is according to City Manager Janice Brathwaite Edwards who said selling bottles of water on the roadways of Road Town is creating unnecessary traffic congestions for motorists who traverse the area.
Brathwaite-Edwards said a one-off water-selling charity event is usually of no harm. But, as of recently, persons have been selling water on the roadways daily.
She said persons selling water cause a build-up of heavy traffic while trying to win a sale. She said this also creates a hazardous environment for unsuspecting motorists.
Presently, water is the only item that permission must be sought to sell since, according to the city manager, other items sold in Road Town are done so at an acceptable distance from the roads.
She said although the policy requiring water salespersons to seek permission from her office has been in existence for nearly a decade now, certain persons have “conveniently” forgotten about it to reap personal gains.
No penalty currently exists for persons caught selling water without permission.
The Office of the City Manager posted a bulletin on the government’s official website on Tuesday warning that persons caught selling water without permission will be asked to vacate the area which the sale is taking place.