Sunday , December 16 2018

Plan to give mobile groceries go ahead – New locations pondered

KUWAIT CITY, June 24: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has formed the Mobile Vehicles Committee comprising personnel from the ministries of Commerce, Interior, Municipalities, Nutrition Department, Civil Information, Roads and Transport, Manpower and Tourism Projects, reports Al-Rai daily quoting reliable sources.

The same sources said Minister of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al- Roudhan has asked the concerned parties to look for new places and areas where mobile groceries can be given permission to operate in line with the requests of a wide range of entrepreneurs following a meeting with the committee responsible for organizing this sector.

The sources said at a recent committee meeting which was attended by a large group of mobile shops operators, Al- Roudhan discussed the obstacles faced by them and listened to their views and suggestions to overcome these limitations. Among the main obstacles faced is the prohibition of commercial licensing for trailers. Initially, it was decided to allow only commercial licenses for ‘wheeled’ mobile shops equipped for a specific business, such as preparing and selling snacks.

The license for the trailer has been postponed to another time. It is required that the validity of the mobile vehicle should not exceed 10 years but this excludes classic cars provided that the specifications specified by the Interior Ministry are met. He called on the initiators to expand the licensing map for mobile vehicles, so as to allow the addition of new places in line with the requests of young people, which is supported by Roudhan, and has called on the committee to facilitate the working environment of mobile vehicles and coordination with all relevant government bodies.

They also asked for the addition of new activities to the list allowed to receive applications for licenses for projects of mobile vehicles, noting that the current list includes 19 food activities, and other activities such as telephone repairs, games, and the sale of fish and flowers. On the other hand, the initiators complained about the slow issuance of licenses for mobile vehicles, and called for speeding up the approval, pointing out that the number of applicants for a license exceeded 5,000.

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