MPs in Bahrain vote to stop relocation of food trucks

They are demanding that the Cabinet first come up with proper legislation to regulate the business


Bahrain  - MPs yesterday voted unanimously to stop plans to relocate food trucks from all sites by tomorrow.

They are demanding that the Cabinet first come up with proper legislation to regulate the business.

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority issued a circular last week inviting owners of food trucks on Estiqlal Highway to register on the authority’s website for the relocation, renewable on a monthly basis.

The Youth and Sport Affairs Ministry has already made arrangements in an open area opposite the Bahrain National Stadium for entry and exit points and lighting.

Registration conditions include a BD126 fee covering five per cent VAT, space rental, sales points and electricity, in addition to a BD100 guarantee deposit.

Working hours are from 4pm to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday and from 4pm until midnight Thursday to Saturday.

Other proposals approved yesterday include:

l Providing infrastructure facilities for Hamad Town;

l Stopping plans to turn a government plot into a club instead of a school;

l Allowing students born between October and December 2013 to go to grade two rather than start from grade one after passing tests due to their age difference;

l Coming up with a government study to possibly repay outstanding loans for Bahrainis in need or in difficult financial situation;

l Allocating plots in Salman Town for phone masts due to weak signals;

l Establishing a national student protection platform;

l Treating intern doctors, who are educated through government financing, on par with others who have studied at their own expense whenever receiving training at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC);

l Rescheduling MRIs at SMC to clear waiting lists and studying the possibility of having tests at health centres;

l Opening social centres to provide training courses for parents on how to deal with online learning;

l Exempting people with disabilities working in the government from in-person attendance and working remotely;

l Involving charitable societies and volunteers in distributing the 10,000 laptops to students in need;

l Compensating pilgrimage tour offices for the extensive losses they suffered due to Covid-19 restrictions; and

l Allowing more indoor seating in restaurants and cafés, while adhering to Covid-19 health and safety precautions.

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