Government continues to combat shop front extensions (with photos)
To sum up the past week (October 17 to 21), the FEHD and the Police have launched joint enforcement operations in Wan Chai, Sai Kung, Yau Tsim, North, Central and Western and Mong Kok Districts. During the operations, the FEHD issued 53 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) and 17 summonses against the shops for causing obstructions, illegal hawking and cleanliness offences in public places in the above-mentioned districts, removed about 10 tonnes of waste and seized about nine kilograms of goods. Besides, a total of 26 warning notices, which require the owners of the articles to remove the obstructions within a specified time, were issued by the Police. Among these, 20 warning notices had yet to be complied with and the FEHD had hence removed about 300kg of goods or articles involved.
The FEHD and the Police also continued to take enforcement actions in districts where joint operations had been launched earlier to combat shop front extensions. During the period from October 10 to 21, the FEHD and the Police have conducted three joint enforcement operations on Yee Shing Street in Chai Wan. During the operations, the FEHD issued 19 FPNs and three summonses against the shops for causing obstructions and cleanliness offences in public places in the above-mentioned districts, and removed about two tonnes of waste. Besides, a total of two warning notices, which require the owners of the articles to remove the obstructions within a specified time, were issued by the Police. Among these, a warning notice had yet to be complied with and the FEHD had hence removed about 92kg of goods or articles involved.
In addition, licensed food premises extending the business area without permission at or from any place beyond the confines of the food premises as delineated on the plan approved in respect of the licence may be charged for contravention of the Food Business Regulation (Cap. 132X). A fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment may be imposed upon conviction. Further, demerit points will be registered against the licence under demerit points system. If certain demerit points are registered within a specified period of time, the licence could be suspended or even cancelled. During the joint operations over the past week, the FEHD took out summons actions against three licensed food premises (including fresh provision shop, food factory and bakery shop) for contravention of the relevant Regulation.
The main focus of the second month of the Government Programme on Tackling Hygiene Black Spots is to combat hygiene black spots with illegal shop front extensions leading to street obstructions. Under the joint enforcement mode, if obstructions in a public place or carriageways were caused by articles illegally extending from shops, the offenders concerned would be prosecuted. Apart from that, the Police would issue warning notice under section 32(1) of the Summary Offences Ordinance (Cap. 228) specifying the time limit for removal of the obstructions (including goods). If the offenders failed to remove the obstructions within the time limit as specified by the Police, the FEHD would then remove the items for temporary storage.
The spokesman appeals to shop operators and other stakeholders not to extend business areas illegally by placing goods or articles in public places or on carriageways causing an obstruction to pedestrian and vehicular flow. The FEHD and the Police will continue to closely monitor and take stringent enforcement actions to tackle the shop front extension problem.
Ends/Monday, October 24, 2022
Issued at HKT 20:55
Issued at HKT 20:55