BENALMADENA’S Council has launched a campaign in collaboration with the Department of Commerce to prevent illegal street vending.
The town’s Mayor, Victor Navas, has revealed a series of leaflets in several languages have been distributed in the most heavily visited tourist areas raising awareness of the problem. He explained, “we are aware that illegal street vending is a social problem and we think it is vital to involve residents and tourists in finding a solution, because illegal vending does not benefit the seller or the buyer.”
Mayor Navas said the council is considering a series of proposals to counteract the practice, inclusing setting up legal markets.
Illegal vending continues to be a problem across the Costa del Sol despite Malaga Council’s efforts to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco at this year’s Malaga feria.
The council this year installed an authorised tobacconist to crack down on the problem. The retailer, located in the Real de la Feria, has attracted large crowds of smokers, although some illegal street vendors continue to trade, according to media reports.
Head of Security at Malaga Council, Mario Cortes, said although not many police officers are brought in to deal with the problem, more measures have been put in place to stop the sale of illegal tobacco this year, leading to 200 packets of cigarettes being confiscated