The way the Pedlars licences are issued is well out of date and not fit for purpose for todays society.
Currently, any Police authority can issue a pedlars licence which allows and individual to travel from town to town trading on public highways and selling goods to the general public.
The proposal is to remove the issuing of licences from the Police and allow Local Authorities to issue licences in their own local authority area.
LA's already issue street trading permits and this allows them to control, police and manage trading actvitiy in their public spaces which is the right thing to do. It also allows the public to have some form of redress if things go wrong with the "pedlar" trader. (at least they will know who they are!)
I am not saying get rid of the Pedlars licences, Just allow the LA's to manage them.
The Police have enought to do.
Do the Police want be accountable for issuing the licences to individuals they can not monitor or police? I don't think they do.
Why is this idea important?
It is not removing a law, only chaning the way that it is administered.
It saves the Police time and resource and from being accountable for the licences.
LA's already issue trading licences and this allows them to manage traders in a more cost effective and accountable way.