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GAM to lease 40 new locations in Amman for food vans

By Maram Kayed - Aug 09,2020 - Last updated at Aug 09,2020

AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is to lease 40 new locations in Amman for food vans, a year after it launched its general instructions for replacing street vendor stands with food vans.

A few days ago, the municipality announced in the Official Gazette that it will offer a grant by the end of this month for an entity to run the project.

With the condition that a person cannot hold more than one licence or pass it to another person without GAM’s approval, the municipality also specified the target groups for the project.

GAM Spokesperson Nasser Rahamneh said in remarks to The Jordan Times that Amman Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh had instructed the municipality to specify that “the segments nominated to benefit from the project in its second phase are to be university students, families of officers who died in the  line of duty, and youths who have resided in social care homes”.

Rahamneh added that “the municipality pays great attention to youth in all fields, especially with regard to providing job opportunities for them and directing their energy towards work and fruitful production”.

Describing youth as the “main pillar of society”, Rahamneh noted that the second phase of the project now is to issue specific instructions about the food vans.

Among the instructions are the licence holder should be Jordanian, no less than 18 years old, registered in the personnel records at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, as well as in possession of health certificates.

The new instructions also allow the placement of food vans in public places such as parks, gardens, tourist attraction and places designated for seasonal events, such as festivals, celebrations and stadiums.

It also permitted selling near commercial complexes and main entrances of hospitals and universities, as well as near private plots of land.

The instructions do not permit the practice of selling food via vehicles in residential area or near places of worship, schools, nurseries, kindergartens  and shops that also sell food.

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