Street resistance: Vendors say new sidewalk rules hurt business
On a field trip with a city official to check out street stalls between sois Ramkhamhaeng 17 and 65, members of the media saw many not complying with orders to operate only at night.
Intended as a dog-and-pony show to show the success of the new street rules, the tour found a small portion street vendors have followed the new rules. Only 30 of 207, admitted tour leader Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to the Bangkok governor’s office.
Visits were also made to stretches of Sukhumvit Road and areas in Khlong Toey and Watthana districts, where Wanlop claimed more vendors are following the request to only operate from 7pm to midnight.
Some vendors, such as one near Soi Nana, told the Bangkok Post, she’s been there for over 20 years, and although she was willing to comply with the rules, said it would ruin her business as most evening visitors in the area were not there for shopping.
She said she’ll petition junta officials for help should the policy negatively affect her business.