By Daniel Hunter

Britain’s street traders can celebrate the end of outdated red tape under new proposals announced Consumer Affairs Minister, Jo Swinson today (Friday).

A consultation on pedlary and street trading includes proposals to get rid of the Pedlars Act (1871) and make changes to street trading laws to make sure they comply fully with the European Services Directive. The proposals will make it easier for street traders and pedlars to trade.

“Some of the best places to shop are our vibrant street trading stalls, which are an important part of traditional British culture," Jo Swinson said.

"The changes we’re proposing will help to eliminate barriers to street traders and pedlars by making it easier to trade, boosting retail and helping small traders — including many young entrepreneurs - to expand and grow.

“The Pedlars Act is an archaic law which requires those wishing to peddle to obtain a pedlar’s certificate (and pay a fee for this) at a time when small businesses are at the heart of continuing growth in the UK - this is unhelpful and restrictive bureaucracy. These proposed changes will help give a boost to those that trade on the street.”

The consultation on the draft regulations closes on 15 February 2013.

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