New rules for street traders during Glasgow 2014

Those considering engaging in street trading when the Commonwealth Games visits Carnoustie next year should take note of new regulations up for consultation.

The Scottish government has published the proposed regulations which ban unauthorised street trading, advertising, ambush marketing and busking at Carnoustie and the 16 other Commonwealth Games venues.

Before and during sporting events at next year’s Commonwealth Games, anyone involved in unauthorised trading or advertising will be liable to have merchandise seized or be fined up to £20,000 upon conviction.

The Scottish Government’s consultation sets out proposals for the controls, detailed maps of the event zones affected and the period of proposed restrictions.

The majority of businesses will continue operating as normal, while businesses outwith the regulations will be able to apply to Glasgow 2014 for authorisation to advertise or trade during the Games period.

Enforcement will be by designated and experienced officers appointed by Glasgow 2014, drawn from local authorities.

Similar legislation regulated street trading and advertising at the London 2012 Olympic Games, including football events at Hampden.

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said: “Over 11 days next year, hundreds of thousands of residents, visitors and spectators will enjoy some world class sport and experience a great Glasgow welcome.

“Regulating trading and advertising in the vicinity of the sports arenas ensures that we can protect the character and integrity of the Commonwealth Games and minimise disruption to local people or businesses.

“These regulations will allow Glasgow 2014 to control activity at an appropriate scale that allows the free flow of spectators and traffic to and from the Games venues.”