Santiago.- Dozens of pushcarts used by mostly undocumented Haitians, are becoming an eyesore in Santiago, prompting chaos in traffic and minor traffic accidents that concern motorists and other sectors.
Meanwhile the Environment Ministry North Dept. said it continues removing the booths and makeshift bazaars placed on Santiago’s sidewalks streets and avenues, but didn’t say how many.
It said the owners of those businesses violate municipal laws and are becoming unmanageable and “blight” on the city.
The vendors with carts sell everything from vegetables to used shoes.
For environmentalist Carlos Vasquez, it’s important that the authorities establish controls over the carts and the vendor shacks..
He said many of the carts are longer and wider than the vehicles and cause traffic jams.
Vasquez said in addition to taking over the public spaces, the carts damage vehicles whose owners have nowhere to file a claim, because they don’t have license plates and aren’t insured.