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Country Markets
COUNTRY MARKETS ACT

CHAPTER 68:02

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Act
30 of 1905

Amended by
33 of 1928
2 of 1940

29 of 1944

Current Authorised Pages
Pages Authorised

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Index of Subsidiary Legislation
Page

Public Markets Order (for references see Order) … … … 7
Public Markets Bye-laws (189/1953) … … … … 11
Country Markets (Macoya Off-Highway Market) Order (LN 238/1990) … 24
Country Markets (Macoya Off-Highway Market) Bye-laws (LN 243/1990) 25

Note on Adaptation
Under paragraph 6 of the Second Schedule to the Law Revision Act (Ch. 3:03) the Commission
amended certain references to public officers in this Chapter. The Minister’s approval of the
amendments was signified by LN 120/1980, but no marginal reference is made to this Notice
where any such amendment is made in the text.

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CHAPTER 68:02

COUNTRY MARKETS ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Minister may by Order declare markets.
3. Power to charge rent for stalls, etc.
4. Bye-laws and Regualtions.
5. Recovery of rents, fees, and charges.
6. Sale of fresh meat and fish in Princes Town prohibited except in market.

Interpretation.

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CHAPTER 68:02

COUNTRY MARKETS ACT

An Act to provide for the regulation of certain public markets.

[16TH OCTOBER 1905]

1. This Act may be cited as the Country Markets Act.

2. (1) The Minister may by Order declare any premises, not
being within the limits of any borough, to be a public market.

(2) Every such Order may at any time be revoked, and
thereupon the premises specified therein shall cease to be a
public market.

3. The person in charge of any market declared under this
Act may from time to time demand and take from every person
occupying or using any stand, stall, table, shed, pen, or place, or
using any weighing instrument in any such market, such rents,
fees, and charges as may be fixed by Bye-laws made under
this Act.

4. (1) The Minister may make Bye-laws and Regulations
with regard to markets declared under this Act for all or any of the
following purposes:

(a) for regulating the use of markets, and of stalls,
tables, and places therein;

(b) for preventing nuisances or obstructions in
markets or in the immediate approaches thereto;

(c) for fixing the times during which markets shall
be open;

(d) for excluding and removing all persons suffering
from contagious disease, or from any skin or other
disease rendering the person, in the opinion of
the person in charge of a market, unfit to sell in
the market;

1950 Ed.
Ch. 40 No. 4.
30 of 1905.

Commencement.

Short title.

Minister may by
Order declare
markets.

Power to charge
rent for stalls,
etc.

Bye-laws and
Regulations.

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Recovery of
rents, fees,
and charges.

(e) for regulating the use of weighing instruments
belonging to or used in or in connection with the
market, and preventing the use of false or
defective weights, scales, or instruments by any
person selling in a market;

(f) for prescribing the conditions subject to which
stalls, tables, and places shall be held or occupied
or used by any person hiring or using, or desirous
of hiring or using, the same;

(g) for maintaining order and preventing any
disturbance in such market by fighting or
disorderly behaviour;

(h) for fixing the rents, fees, and charges to be made
for the use of stalls, tables, and places;

(i) for regulating the sale of marketable commodities;
(j) for prescribing the areas in the vicinity of any

market within which it shall not be lawful to sell
or offer for sale any marketable commodity; and

(k) generally, such other bye-laws and regulations as
may be considered necessary for the good
government of markets.

(2) The Bye-laws and Regulations may impose pecuniary
penalties not exceeding one hundred dollars in respect of breaches
of any of the bye-laws or regulations.

(3) Penalties for breaches of the bye-laws and regulations
may be recovered on summary conviction before a Magistrate or
Justice, upon complaint made in the name of the person in charge
of the market; and the penalties, together with all rents, fees, and
charges received, shall be paid to the Comptroller of Accounts.

(4) In this section “marketable commodity” means meat,
fish, turtle, game, livestock, eggs, ground provisions, vegetables,
fruit and such goods and articles as may be notified by Order of
the Minister.

5. If any person liable under this Act for the payment of any
rent, fee, or charge does not pay the same when required to do so

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by the person in charge of a market, the same may be recovered by
distress and sale of a sufficient part of the goods in respect of which
such rent, fee, or charge is payable, or of any other goods in the
market belonging to or under the charge of the person liable to pay
such rent, fee, or charge; or such rent, fee, or charge may be
recovered as a debt due to the person in charge of the market in
any Court of competent jurisdiction.

6. (1) Any person who sells or offers or exposes for sale
fresh meat or fresh fish within the limits of Princes Town as defined
in and by the Liquor Licences Act, except in the market established
in Princes Town under this Act may be arrested without warrant
by any member of the Police Service, and, on summary conviction,
is liable to a fine of two hundred dollars.

(2) In this section, the expression “fresh meat” means
fresh meat of any cattle, sheep, goat, pig, or turtle slaughtered for
sale, and includes imported fresh meat.

Sale of fresh
meat and fish
in Princes Town
prohibited
except in
market.
Ch. 84: 10.

Interpretation.

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

PUBLIC MARKETS ORDER

made under section 2

1. This Order may be cited as the Public Markets Order.

2. The places set out in Part A of the Schedule and the
premises described in Part B of the Schedule have been declared
to be public markets.

Citation.

Declaration of
public markets.
Schedule.

158/1951.

SCHEDULE
PART A

Scarborough … … … … G.12.7.1906
Princes Town … … … … 9.4.1908
Sangre Grande … … … … 5.3.1931
La Brea … … … … … 21.1.1932
Tunapuna … … … … 14.7.1932
Curepe … … … … … 3.2.1944
Chaguanas … … … … 30.9.1944
San Juan… … … … … 30.9.1944
Siparia … … … … … GN 83/1946
Point Fortin … … … … 84/1946
Rio Claro … … … … 245/1947
Couva … … … … … 18/1949

PART B

The premises situate at Wellington-Debe Road in the Ward of Naparima
in the County of Victoria and bounded as follows:

North—by the Wellington-Debe Road and an access road;
South—by an access road;
East—by an access road;
West—by the Wellington-Debe Road.

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The premises situate at Palo Seco Junction, Palo Seco, in the Ward of Erin,
in the County of St. Patrick comprising 0a. 1r. 6p. leased by the State from Messrs.
Trinidad Petroleum Development Company Limited and bounded as follows:

North—By lands of Trinidad Petroleum Development Company
Limited, formerly Paul Friedrick Collignon;

South—By the San Fernando-Siparia-Erin Road;
East—By lands of Messrs. Trinidad Petroleum Development

Company Limited, formerly Paul Friedrick Collignon;
West—By lands of Messrs. Trinidad Petroleum Development

Company Limited, formerly Paul Friedrick Collignon,
and more particularly referred to on plan signed by the Director of Surveys
dated 11th April 1952, and filed in the Lands and Surveys vault as No. XE 16.

The premises situate at Gasparillo in the Ward of Pointe-a-Pierre, in the
County of Victoria, within a parcel comprising 22,000 superficial feet of land
acquired by the State from Ramdial Sawh and Boodiah and bounded as follows:

North—By lands of the Trustees of the Church of England;
South—By lands of Ramdial Sawh and Boodiah;
East—By State lands;
West—By Gasparillo Road.

All that parcel of land comprising 51,965 superficial feet acquired by the
State from Marabella Union Development Syndicate and situate East of the
Southern Main Road and North of the Traffic Roundabout at Marabella in the
Ward of Naparima, in the County of Victoria, and bordered on the North and
East by lands of the said Syndicate, on the South by Lots 78 and 80 and by
lands of the said Syndicate, and on the West by a road reserve, all as the same is
more particularly shown and delineated and coloured raw sienna on a plan of
survey signed by the Director of Surveys, dated 17th June 1952, executed under
Survey Order No. 28 of 1952 and filed in the office of the Director of Surveys
in Book 859 at folio 195.

The premises situate at Roxborough in the Parish of St. Paul in the
Island-Ward of Tobago and bounded as follows:

North—Windward Main Road;
South—Lands of Roxborough Estate;
East—Lands of Roxborough Estate;
West—State lands and lands of Roxborough Estate.

88/1952.

157/1952.

166/1955.

3/1957.

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107/1957.

179/1958.

12/1963.

36/1963.

The premises situate in Penal, in the Ward of Siparia, in the County of
St. Patrick, and bounded as follows:

North—By the San Fernando-Siparia-Erin Road;
South—State lands and Private Road;
East—Ramlall Street;
West—Private Road.

The premises situate in La Brea, in the Ward of La Brea, in the County of
St. Patrick, and bounded as follows:

North—Reserve 25 feet wide;
South—Road Reserve 25 feet wide, State lands and lands formerly

of L. F. Ambard;
East—La Brea Road;
West—State lands.

The premises situate at Barataria in the Ward of St. Ann’s, County of
St. George and bounded as follows:

North—Second Street;
South—Lands now or formerly of Aranguez Estate and lands now

or formerly of J. Soo Chan;
East—Sixth Avenue;
West—Lands now or formerly of Aranguez Estate, which boundaries

are more particularly shown and delineated and coloured raw
sienna on a survey plan filed at folio 123 of Book 937 in the
vault of the Lands and Surveys Department, Red House.

The premises situate at Fyzabad in the Ward of Siparia, in the County of
St. Patrick, and bounded as follows:

On the North—By the Gower Well Road;
On the South—By lands of Noorsingh, now or formerly Frank

Vivian Eckel;
On the East—By lands originally granted to Isaree;
On the West—By lands of Noorsingh, now or formerly Frank

Vivian Eckel;
which premises are more particularly shown and delineated and coloured raw
sienna on a survey plan filed E.C. 103 in the vault of the Lands and Surveys
Department, Red House.

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The premises situate at Mayaro in the Ward of Guayaguayare in the County
of Mayaro and bounded as follows:

North—Naparima-Mayaro Road;
South—A drain;
East—Mayaro-Guayaguayare Road;
West—Lands now or formerly of Ching Hong, and which premises

are more particularly shown and delineated and coloured raw
sienna on a survey plan filed at folio 122 of Book 937 in the
vault of the Lands and Surveys Department, Red House.

The premises situate at Scarborough in the parish of St. Andrew in the
Ward of Tobago and bounded as follows:

North—State lands;
South—Lands of Brewster Romeo;
East—State lands;
West—Wilson Road.

96/1963.

260/1971.

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PUBLIC MARKETS BYE-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BYE-LAWS

BYE-LAW

1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.
3. Clerk to be in charge of market.
4. Wholesale market.
5. Opening and closing.
6. Remaining in market.
7. Selling fresh meat or fish.
8. Clean clothes or garment.
9. Infectious or contagious disease.

10. Certificate.
11. Applications.
12. Occupying table or stall.
13. Renting table or stall.
14. Dues.
15. Use of stall, table, etc., in market.
16. Rent or toll ticket.
17. Immediate occupier, etc.
18. Placing of marketable commodity.
19. Selling, etc., of marketable commodity.
20. Marketable commodity in front or projecting beyond.
21. Book.
22. No pecuniary interest by Clerk.
23. Carcase of animal.
24. Weighing of article.
25. Less weight, measure, number.
26. Scales.
27. Tampering with scale, etc.
28. Wrapping paper.
29. Hawking, carrying about, etc.
30. Instruments for cutting bones.

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31. Chopping meat.
32. Table, stall, etc., not to be damaged.
33. Spitting, throwing, etc.
34. Stall, table, etc., to be kept clean.
35. Cleaning, washing market.
36. Violence, obscene language, etc.
37. Obeying orders of Clerk or Chief Executive Officer.
38. Molesting, hindering, etc.
39. Fires or cooking.
40. Singing, whistling, etc.
41. Loitering, etc.
42. Dog.
43. Intoxicating liquor.
44. Animal, cart, etc.
45. Bicycle.
46. Radius not to sell.
47. Penalty.
48. Complaints.
49. Returns.

SCHEDULE.

ARRANGEMENT OF BYE-LAWS—Continued

BYE-LAW

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PUBLIC MARKETS BYE-LAWS

made under section 4

1. These Bye-laws may be cited as the Public Markets
Bye-laws.

2. (1) In these Bye-laws—
“the Clerk” means the Clerk of the market appointed by the

Statutory Service Commission to be in charge of and to keep
the market and includes any assistant or other person
appointed by the Chief Executive Officer to act for the Clerk;

“the Chief Executive Officer” has the meaning assigned to it by
the Municipal Corporations Act;

“Council” means the Council of a Corporation in which the
market is situated;

“District” means the rural sanitary district in which the market
is situated;

“fresh meat” means fresh meat of any cattle, sheep, goat, pig or
turtle slaughtered for sale, and includes imported fresh meat;

“the market” means any public market declared as such by Order
of the Minister;

“sale” and “sell” include offering and exposing for sale.
(2) The Island-Ward of Tobago shall for all purposes of

these Bye-laws be deemed to be a County.

3. (1) The Statutory Service Commission shall appoint a
Clerk to be in charge of the market. Such Clerk shall be under the
control and direction of the Chief Executive Officer, shall cause
the market to be opened and closed at the approved times and
shall be in attendance every day during the hours when the market
is open.

(2) The Chief Executive Officer may appoint a fit and
proper person to act as Clerk whenever the Clerk is ill or absent
or there is a vacancy in the office of Clerk arising from any
other cause. The person so appointed shall perform the duties of
the Clerk.

189/1953
[57/1973].

Citation.

Interpretation.

Ch. 25:04.

Clerk to be
in charge
of market.

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Wholesale
market.

Opening and
closing.
[57/1973].

Remaining
in market.

Selling fresh
meat or fish.

4. The Council shall in their discretion set aside such part of
the market as to them may seem proper for use as a wholesale
market.

5. (1) The market shall be opened at 6.00 a.m. and shall be
closed at 4.00 p.m. daily, except on Sundays and Public Holidays
when it shall be opened at 6.00 a.m. and closed at 9.00 a.m.
However, the Clerk may permit any licensed vendor of fish to use
the market after the closing hour in order to dispose of any fresh
fish brought to the market after the closing hour.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1), the
Scarborough Central Market shall be opened at 5.00 a.m. on
Saturdays and Public Holidays.

6. (1) Otherwise than as provided in bye-law 5, no person
shall remain in the market after the closing hour. Every person
who is in the market after the closing hour, and who after being
requested to leave by the Clerk or by any constable, does not
leave immediately, may be removed therefrom by the Clerk or by
any constable.

(2) Every person when leaving the market shall carry
away all unsold goods and all articles whatsoever which he has
placed within the market. Any such goods or articles left in the
market after closing shall be at the sole risk of the person leaving
the same.

(3) No fresh meat or fish offered for sale on any one day
in the market shall be brought back to, or offered for sale in the
market on the next or any subsequent day.

7. (1) No person shall sell fresh meat or fish in the market
unless he is in possession of a licence to do so issued by the Clerk.
Every application for a licence shall be in writing addressed to the
Clerk and signed by the applicant, and shall state the name and
address of the applicant in full and be accompanied by satisfactory
evidence of the good character of the applicant and by a certificate
from a registered medical practitioner stating that the applicant is
free from infectious or contagious disease.

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Clean clothes
or garment.

Infectious or
contagious
disease.

(2) The Clerk shall, on the production of such evidence
and certificate and on the payment by the applicant of the sum
of twenty-five cents, issue a fresh meat, game or fish salesman’s
licence stating that the holder is authorised to sell fresh meat,
game or fish in the market for six months from the date of issue of
the licence.

(3) No licence shall be granted to any person under the
age of seventeen years; and no female shall sell or assist in selling
as a meat or game vendor or perform any other office equivalent
to that of a meat or game vendor or meat or game vendor’s assistant
in the market.

(4) Tripe and other offal meat shall be sold at such places
in the market as the Clerk shall appoint.

(5) The Council may, on the representation of the Chief
Executive Officer, cancel the licence of any person who conducts
himself in a disorderly or improper manner within the precincts of
the market.

8. Every person selling in the market shall be dressed in clean
clothes and in addition, every person selling fresh meat, game or
fish in the market shall be properly shod and shall wear a clean
apron or other protective garment which shall be replaced every
morning by another clean garment.

9. (1) If the Clerk suspects that any person selling in the
market is suffering from infectious or contagious disease he shall
make a report to the Chief Executive Officer, and the Chief
Executive Officer may require such person to obtain a certificate
from the Medical Officer of Health of the District stating whether
the person is free from infectious or contagious disease. The Clerk
shall refuse admittance to the market, or remove or cause to be
removed from the market, any such person failing to produce
such certificate.

(2) The Clerk shall refuse admittance to the market, or
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Certificate.

Applications.

suffering from any infectious or contagious disease or from any
skin or other disease which in the opinion of the Clerk renders the
person unfit to sell in the market.

10. (1) No person shall bring into the market the meat of any
animal (other than game) unless the meat is accompanied by a
certificate from the Clerk of a Government or Municipal Abattoir
stating that the animal was slaughtered in such abattoir or, in case
the animal is slaughtered outside a Government or Municipal
Abattoir, by a certificate from a Medical Officer of Health or
registered veterinary surgeon or, in case of inability to obtain such
certificate, from a sanitary inspector of the District, stating that
the animal was examined by the Medical Officer of Health,
registered veterinary surgeon or sanitary inspector, as the case may
be, before and after being slaughtered.

(2) Every such certificate shall, in every case, state
whether the meat of the slaughtered animal is free from disease
and fit for human consumption and shall be handed over to
the Clerk.

(3) No person shall bring fresh meat imported into
Trinidad and Tobago into the market unless the meat is
accompanied by a certificate from a Medical Officer of Health or
a registered veterinary surgeon stating that the meat is fit for human
consumption.

(4) No person shall bring into or keep for sale in the
market any fresh meat unless the meat is properly protected by
clean cheese cloth or other material approved by the Chief
Executive Officer.

(5) The Clerk shall remove or cause to be removed from
the market any marketable commodity which is unfit for human
consumption.

11. All applications for tables, spaces, or stands in the market
shall be dealt with by the Clerk, and the Clerk may refuse
applications the granting of which would tend unduly to exclude
other sellers of similar articles.

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Occupying table
or stall.

Renting table
or stall.

Dues.

Schedule.

Use of stall,
table, etc., in
market.

Rent or
toll ticket.

12. No vendor shall occupy any table or stall without the
consent of the Clerk having been first obtained, and in the case of
two or more vendors applying for the same table or stall the Clerk
shall decide to whom the table or stall shall be let.

13. (1) No vendor of any marketable commodity in the market
shall be allowed to rent more than one table or stall for his own
use unless there are vacant tables or stalls not rented.

(2) Every person to whom any meat table inside the
market is allotted is entitled, without any fresh application being
made by him, to continue to be the occupier thereof, and is liable
to pay the rent for the same, from day to day until he formally
notifies the Clerk in writing or verbally, that he no longer desires
to be the hirer or until the expiration of two clear days notice given
him in writing by the Clerk.

14. There shall be paid by every person who sells any
marketable commodities or other articles in the market, dues
according to the Schedule; and such dues shall be paid to the Clerk
for the use of the Council previous to sale of any marketable
commodities in respect of which the same are payable. Every
person who removes or attempts to remove from the market or
who sells any marketable commodity in respect of which the dues
have not been paid in manner aforesaid is guilty of an offence
against these Bye-laws.

15. No person shall, except with the consent of the Clerk, use
any stall, table, stand or space in the market except as the immediate
occupier thereof. No person shall be allowed to stand behind the
tables or stalls of the market, except the vendor and his assistants,
the owners of the commodities, the Clerk, the Chief Executive
Officer or member of the Council duly authorised, or any of the
staff of the market.

16. Every person selling any article in the market, who fails
to produce his rent or toll ticket when required to do so by the
Clerk shall, in addition to any penalty for the breach of this

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bye-law which he may incur, pay the rent or toll payable, according
to the Schedule in respect of the stall, table, stand or space occupied
by him.

17. No person not being the immediate occupier, or a servant
of the immediate occupier of any stall, table, stand or space in the
market shall sell or deposit for sale or otherwise, any article in or
upon such stall, table, stand or space.

18. No person resorting to the market for the sale of any
marketable commodity shall place the marketable commodity for
the purpose of sale in any part of the market other than such part
as has been set apart for the reception, deposit or exposure for sale
of the marketable commodity.

19. No person shall sell, or deposit for sale or otherwise, any
marketable commodity in the market, or in any part thereof, other
than in, at, or upon a stall, table, stand or space which at the time
of the sale or of the depositing, is let and allotted to such person by
the Clerk.

20. The occupier of any stall, table or stand shall not cause or
allow any marketable commodity to be deposited or exposed for
sale in or upon the stall, table or stand so that the marketable
commodity or any part thereof remains in front of, or project
beyond, the stall, table or stand; and no goods shall be allowed to
stand or to be piled upon any stall, table, stand or space beyond a
maximum height of four and a half feet from the floor.

21. (1) There shall be kept by the Clerk a book in which shall
be entered daily a statement of the amount of fresh meat, game
and fish brought to the market for sale, the names of the persons
by whom the same have been brought, the weight thereof, and the
number of tables or stalls used, the names of the persons by whom
the same were used, and the amount paid and payable for the use
thereof. The book shall be exhibited daily to and the correctness
thereof certified by the Chief Executive Officer or his Chief Clerk;

Schedule.

Immediate
occupier, etc.

Placing of
marketable
commodity.

Selling, etc., of
marketable
commodity.

Marketable
commodity in
front or
projecting
beyond.

Book.

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and all moneys collected by the Clerk shall be paid daily to the
Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the terms and
conditions laid down by the Chief Executive Officer.

(2) Any person who introduces any commodity into the
market with a view to defraud the revenue by not reporting the
same, is guilty of an offence against these Bye-laws.

22. The Clerk shall not have any pecuniary interest in the sale
of any marketable commodity or in any animal slaughtered for
sale in the market.

23. No carcase or part of the carcase of any animal shall be
sold in the market as the carcase or part of any other animal, or as
being a description of meat other than the true and proper
description thereof.

24. Every article retailed by weight shall be properly weighed
and in all cases of dispute in respect of weight, the seller shall, if
required to do so by the purchaser or intended purchaser, cause the
article about which the dispute arises to be weighed in the presence
of the Clerk or his Assistant or a constable.

25. No person shall sell or deliver any articles in the market
of less weight, measure, or number than has been bargained for.

26. All scales used or intended to be used for weighing any
articles sold in the market shall be hung at least four inches above
the tables.

27. No person shall by any contrivance or device, or in any
manner whatever tamper with any scale, balance, beam or weight
in the market, whether the scale, balance, beam or weight be the
property of, or in the possession of, or under the control of, such
person or not.

28. The paper used by every vendor in the market for the
purpose of wrapping up any article sold by him shall be clean
paper, not previously used for any purpose.

No pecuniary
interest by
Clerk.

Carcase
of animal.

Weighing
of article.

Less weight,
measure,
number.

Scales.

Tampering with
scale, etc.

Wrapping paper.

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29. No person shall hawk, carry about or cry any articles
whatever for sale in the market, or cry out the price of any meat or
other article for sale at any stall, table or stand, but shall have the
same marked on a label or price list hung in front of his stall. No
person shall use any bell or other instrument in the market, and no
goods shall be sold by auction in any part of the market.

30. No person shall use any other instruments than saws, knives
and hatchets, for cutting bones in the market.

31. No meat shall be chopped on any table, stall or other place
in the market except on the block provided for the purpose.

32. No person shall in any way damage any table, stall, bench
or furniture, appliance or thing in the market.

33. No person shall spit on the floor or walls of the market, or
in or upon anything in the market, or throw or drop on the floor or
ground of the market any offal, garbage or any refuse whatsoever;
nor shall any person smoke in the market.

34. Every occupier of any stall, table or stand in the market
shall keep the same in a thoroughly clean condition and shall not
allow any refuse or garbage to remain on or about it, but shall
deposit the same in the receptacle provided for that purpose.

35. Every vendor of any marketable commodity, as soon as
he has finished for the day, shall thoroughly clean the table, scales,
weights, appliances and other articles which he has used, to the
satisfaction of the Clerk. So soon as the selling of any marketable
commodity shall cease, the Clerk shall cause the whole market to
be cleaned and washed.

36. If any person uses violence or obscene language or
misbehaves or misconducts himself in the market, such person
is guilty of an offence against these Bye-laws.

37. All persons selling in the market shall obey the lawful
orders of the Clerk or Chief Executive Officer; and any person

Hawking,
carrying about,
etc.

Instruments for
cutting bones.

Chopping meat.

Table, stall, etc.,
not to be
damaged.

Spitting,
throwing, etc.

Stall, table, etc.,
to be kept clean.

Cleaning,
washing market.

Violence,
obscene
language, etc.

Obeying orders
of Clerk or
Chief Executive
Officer.

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who in the opinion of the Chief Executive Officer conducts himself
in a disorderly or improper manner shall not be allowed to sell in
the market until such time as the Council determines.

38. No person shall molest, hinder or obstruct the Clerk or
any other officer of the market in the performance of his duties.

39. No fires or cooking shall be allowed in the market.

40. No person shall sing or whistle or play any musical
instrument in the market.

41. No person shall loiter in the market, or stand in the
passages of the market or its immediate approaches to the
annoyance or obstruction of any other person.

42. No person shall bring a dog or permit any dog to follow
him into or be with him in the market.

43. No person shall introduce any intoxicating liquor within
the precincts of the market.

44. No animal of draught or burden, and no cart or vehicle
shall be allowed to remain within the market premises longer than
the time necessary for loading and unloading.

45. No bicycles shall be parked within the market.

46. It shall not be lawful to sell any marketable commodity
within a radius of one mile and a half of the market except within,
or on the land of, the market, but the provisions of this bye-law
shall not be held to apply in relation to—

(a) any marketable commodity sold within the
aforesaid area in any shop premises (excluding
any gallery or other open place occupied in
connection with the shop);

(b) any ground provisions, vegetables or fruit sold
by wholesale within the area aforesaid, to a

Molesting,
hindering, etc.

Fires or
cooking.

Singing,
whistling, etc.

Loitering, etc.

Dog.

Intoxicating
liquor.

Animal, cart,
etc.

Bicycle.

Radius not
to sell.

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Penalty.

Complaints.

Returns.

registered co-operative society, by any of its
members, or by a registered co-operative society,
in any building occupied by any such society for
the purpose of such business with the prior
approval of the Council;

(c) any marketable commodity sold on any land
within the aforesaid area when such commodity
has been produced on such land.

47. Every person who commits any offence against any of
these Bye-laws is liable to a fine of forty dollars.

48. Any person having complaints about the administration
of the market may make these in writing addressed to the Clerk of
the Council. The Council or the appropriate Committee thereof
shall consider the representation and subject to these Bye-laws the
Council shall give such instructions to the Chief Executive Officer
of the Corporation as they think necessary or desirable.

49. The Chief Executive Officer shall submit quarterly returns
of all business transacted at each market in the Corporation, along
with any other relevant information, to the Council. The Council
may take such returns and information into consideration and
subject to these Bye-laws may issue such instructions as seem to
the Council to be necessary or desirable.

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SCHEDULE

MARKET DUES

$ ¢.

.50 per day.

2.00 per week, payable in advance.

5.00 per month, or $2.50 per half
month, payable in advance.

.25 per day

.72 per week, payable in advance.

2.50 per month, payable in advance.

.10 per day.

.25 per week, payable in advance.

.40 per month, payable in advance.

.15 per day.

.75 per month, payable in advance.

.10 per day.

.25 per week, payable in advance.

.40 per month, payable in advance.

.05 per day.

1. Table or stall for sale of beef or veal …

do. do. do. … … …

do. do. do. … … …

2. Table or stall for sale of pork, mutton, goat,
venison, or turtle … … …

do. do. do. … … …

do. do. do. … … …

3. Stall for fish … … … …

do. … … … … …

do. … … … … …

4. Permission to sell tripe or offal … …

do. do. do. … … …

5. Table or stall for marketable commodity not
mentioned above … … … …

do. do. do. … … …

do. do. do. … … …

6. Permission to sell turtle, livestock, ground
provision or fruit on land of market, but
outside the precincts of market building …

Bye-laws 14
and 16.

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COUNTRY MARKETS (MACOYA OFF-HIGHWAY
MARKET) ORDER

made under section 2(1)

1. This Order may be cited as the Country Markets (Macoya
Off-Highway Market) Order.

2. The premises situated at the junction of the Churchill-
Roosevelt Highway and Macoya Road, Tunapuna, in the Ward of
Tacarigua and which are more particularly described in the
Schedule are declared to be a public market.

3. The public market established under clause 2 shall be
known by the name “Macoya Off-Highway Market”.

SCHEDULE

All that piece or parcel of land comprising approximately two acres of land and
bounded on the North by the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, on the South by
State Lands, on the East by the Macoya Road Extension and on the West by
other lands of the State.

238/1990.

Citation.

New market
established.

Schedule.

Market
named.

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COUNTRY MARKETS (MACOYA OFF-HIGHWAY
MARKET) BYE-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BYE-LAWS

BYE-LAW

1. Citation.

PRELIMINARY

2. Definitions.

MARKET ADMINISTRATION

3. Market clerk to have charge of market.

4. Collection of market fees and charges.

5. No pecuniary interest by members, etc.

6. Opening and closing hours.

7. Use of stalls.

8. Meat, fish and wholesale sections.

9. Register of stalls.

10. Letting of stalls.

11. Duration of licence.

12. Cancellation of licence.

13. Removal of goods on termination of licence.

14. Subletting not permitted.

15. Name of stall-holder to be exhibited.

16. Stalls to be occupied.

17. Remaining in market after closing.

18. Security of goods.

GOOD HOUSE-KEEPING

19. Cleansing of equipment.

20. Stalls to be kept clean.

21. Disposal of garbage.

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PROTECTION OF MARKET PROPERTY
22. Fires and naked lights not permitted.
23. Damage to market property, etc.
24. Signs and advertisements.
25. No additions to stalls, etc.

MAINTENENCE OF ORDER
26. Obstruction of officers.
27. Exclusion of alcoholic beverages.
28. Use of violence, obscene language, etc.
29. Singing, whistling, etc.
30. Hawking, carrying about, etc.
31. Loitering, etc.
32. Removal of obstructions.
33. Inspection of stalls.
34. Bicycles.
35. Vehicles in the market yard.
36. Expulsion for disorderly conduct.
37. Suspension by Chief Executive Officer.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION
38. Unwholesome food may be destroyed.
39. Record of seizures.
40. Food handler’s badges.
41. Clean clothes to be worn.
42. Infectious or contagious disease.
43. Prepared foods.
44. No exposure of foodstuffs on floor.
45. No dogs allowed.
46. Bottles to be labelled.
47. Wrapping paper.

ARRANGEMENT OF BYE-LAWS—Continued

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SALE OF FRESH MEAT AND FISH
48. Fresh meat to be passed by Meat Inspector.
49. Removal of fresh meat to cold stores prohibited.
50. Designated fresh meat stalls.
51. Stall, etc., to be washed each day.
52. Other offences against sanitation.

CONSUMER PROTECTION
53. Conditions of sale prohibited.
54. Sales according to proper weights.
55. Less weight, measure, number.
56. True description of meat.
57. Tampering with scale, etc.

MISCELLANEOUS

58. Prohibition of unauthorised vending.
59. Daily record of fresh meat and fish.
60. Power to make Rules.
61. Bye-laws and Rules to be exhibited.
62. General penalty.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
SECOND SCHEDULE.

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COUNTRY MARKETS (MACOYA OFF-HIGHWAY
MARKET) BYE-LAWS

made under section 4

1. These Bye-laws may be cited as the Country Markets
(Macoya Off-Highway Market) Bye-laws.

PRELIMINARY

2. In these Bye-laws—
“authorised produce” means articles authorised to be sold in the

Market under the Second Schedule;
“Chief Executive Officer” means the Chief Executive Officer or

Chief Administrative Officer of a Council howsoever called;
“cold stores” means any place or appliance used for keeping and

preserving by refrigeration, any meat, fish, fruit, vegetables
or other food intended for human consumption;

“constable” includes any member of the Police Service, any
member of a Municipal Police Force within the meaning of
the Municipal Corporations Act, and any member of the
supplemental bodies of Police established by the
Supplemental Police Act and the Special Reserve Police Act;

“Council” means the Council of St. George East or the Municipal
Council for the Regional Municipality of Tunapuna
established by the Municipal Corporations Act;

“market” means the public market established by the Country
Markets (Macoya Off-Highway Market) Order;

“market clerk” means the person appointed to manage the market
under the jurisdiction of the Council and includes any
other person for the time being performing the duties of
market clerk;

“stall” includes any booth, counter, bench, stand or other erection,
and any space set apart for the reception of any articles
for sale;

“stall-holder” has the meaning assigned to it by bye-law 9(2).

243/1990.

Citation.

Definitions.

Second
Schedule.

Ch. 25:04.

Ch. 15:02.
Ch. 15:03.

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MARKET ADMINISTRATION

3. (1) The market clerk shall be in charge of the market and
shall be under the control and direction of the Chief Executive
Officer. The market clerk shall cause the market to be opened and
closed at the approved times and shall be in attendance every day
during the hours when the market is open.

(2) The market clerk shall keep a correct account of all
fees and revenues accruing to the market and shall, at such times
as the Council may direct, pay over the monies received by him
to the Chief Executive Officer or to such other person as the
Council directs.

4. Every market fee or charge leviable and made payable
under these Bye-laws shall be demanded and received by the market
clerk and his receipt shall be a sufficient acquittance and discharge
for the same. In default of the payment of any such fee, the market
clerk may seize and sell at auction sufficient of any goods found in
the stall for which such fee or charge is payable to satisfy such
demand and all necessary costs of sale.

5. No member of the Council, or officer, or other person
employed by the Council, shall be in any manner interested directly
or indirectly in the sale of anything offered for sale in the market,
or shall receive directly or indirectly any reward of any kind or
description from the letting of stalls or places in the market or
from the sale of anything therein.

6. (1) The market shall be opened and closed at the times
set out in the First Schedule.

(2) The Council may, by resolution, amend the First
Schedule but no such resolution shall have effect until one month
after notice thereof was first published in the Gazette and in at
least one daily newspaper.

7. (1) Stalls in the Market shall be used for the sale of
produce authorised to be sold under the Second Schedule and for
no other purpose.

Market clerk to
have charge of
market.

Collection of
market fees
and charges.

No pecuniary
interest by
members, etc.

Opening and
closing hours.
First Schedule.

Use of stalls.
Second
Schedule.

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(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to any cafeteria licensed
and operated in accordance with Rules made by the Council.

8. (1) The Council may by resolution designate separate
sections of the Market for the exclusive sale of—

(a) fresh meat;
(b) fish; and
(c) other authorised produce by wholesale.

(2) Where the Council adopts any resolution providing
for the sale by wholesale of authorised produce other than fresh
meat and fish in the Market, it shall fix the hours during which
such selling by wholesale may be permitted.

9. (1) The market clerk shall cause all stalls in the market to
be numbered in plain and legible characters and to be registered in
a book to be kept for that purpose.

(2) Such book shall also contain the name, address and
description of every person (in these Bye-laws, referred to as a
“stall-holder”) to whom a licence to occupy a stall is granted, the
date when each licence commenced, the amount of the rent, the
date of termination of each licence, and the cause of termination.

(3) Subject to these Bye-laws and to any resolution
adopted by the Council under bye-law 8, the market clerk shall
from time to time direct what articles may be exposed for sale in
the stalls in different parts of the market.

10. (1) When any stall becomes vacant the market clerk may
let the same to any approved person at such rent as shall from time
to time be fixed by the Council.

(2) No vendor may occupy any stall in the market without
first obtaining the consent of the market clerk.

(3) No person may become a stall-holder of more than
one stall at any time unless there are vacant stalls unrented in
the market.

Meat, fish
and wholesale
sections.

Register of
stalls.

Letting of stalls.

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(4) No person under the age of 17 years shall be a
stall-holder.

11. Subject to the provisions of these Bye-laws the licence for
occupancy of every stall shall be from month to month and rent in
respect thereof shall, in all cases, be payable in advance. In default
of payment, the stall-holder, if in possession, shall forthwith be
ejected by the market clerk who may, in addition to any other
remedy for the recovery of the rent, seize and sell any goods in
such stall sufficient for the payment of such rent and necessary
costs incidental to such sale.

12. The Council may cancel any licence issued under these
Bye-laws where the licence-holder—

(a) has assaulted any officer of the Council;
(b) has been convicted of any offence involving

violence or tending to produce disorder in a
public market;

(c) has been convicted of selling unwholesome food
or of introducing unwholesome food for sale in
the market; or

(d) persists in acting in any manner contrary to the
requirements of these Bye-laws.

13. If the occupier of any stall, on giving up possession or on
being ejected, does not forthwith remove all goods belonging to
him therefrom, such goods shall be removed by the market clerk
and sold at the expiration of seven days from the date of such
removal unless the goods are claimed within that period and all
expenses incurred by the market clerk are reimbursed, but any
perishable article so removed may be sold at once.

14. (1) The licence for a stall is not transferable and no
stall-holder shall sublet his stall or assign or part with his right to
occupy such stall to any other person.

(2) Where any stall-holder acts in contravention of this
bye-law, his licence shall be terminated and, upon being required

Duration of
licence.

Cancellation
of licence.

Removal of
goods on
termination of
licence.

Subletting not
permitted.

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Name of stall-
holder to be
exhibited.

Stalls to
be occupied.

Remaining in
market after
closing.

Security of
goods.

by the market clerk to do so, shall vacate the stall, remove all
goods therefrom.

(3) Where any such person fails to vacate the stall in
accordance with paragraph (2), the market clerk may eject such
person and cause such goods to be removed from the market.

15. (1) The stall-holder of every stall shall, on the day he takes
possession of such stall, place and, thereafter, keep exposed to
public view, in such part of the front of his stall as the market clerk
shall point out, his name in such plain and legible characters in
such manner and form as the market clerk shall direct.

(2) No stall-holder shall be allowed to occupy and use
any stall until he complies with paragraph (1).

16. (1) Subject to the provisions of this bye-law, every
stall-holder shall keep open, or occupy, or use his stall at all times.

(2) Any stall-holder who fails to keep open, or occupy or
use his stall for more than six successive days without the consent
of the market clerk shall be deemed to have terminated his licence
and, where any rent is owing, the market clerk may seize and sell
any goods in the stall sufficient for the payment thereof and
necessary costs.

17. Unless authorised by the Council, no person shall remain
in the market after the closing hour. Any unauthorised person found
in the market during closed hours may be arrested without warrant
by any constable and shall, in addition to any penalty to which he
may be subject in respect of any other offence, be liable on summary
conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars.

18. (1) All goods or articles left in the market after closing
shall be at the sole risk of the persons leaving same; and the Council,
its officers and employees shall not be responsible for any loss or
damage occurring thereto howsoever caused.

(2) Stall-holders may, through an association approved
by the Council and with the prior consent of the Council, effect

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such reasonable arrangements for the security and protection of
goods left in the market after closing as may be agreed with the
market clerk.

GOOD HOUSE-KEEPING

19. (1) Every stall-holder, as soon as he is finished selling
for the day, shall thoroughly clean the table, scales, weights,
appliances and other articles which he has used, to the
satisfaction of the market clerk.

(2) The market clerk shall see that the market stalls are
properly cleaned every day before closing the market and shall
cause the whole market to be cleaned and washed.

20. (1) Every stall-holder shall at all times keep such stall and
the adjacent walls and passages free from refuse, garbage, offal,
and dirt of every kind.

(2) Where a stall-holder refuses or neglects to do so, the
market clerk shall cause such stall and its environs to be cleaned
and, unless the stall-holder pays the expenses incurred in doing so
forthwith on demand, such expenses may be recovered by the
market clerk from the stall-holder by seizure and sale at auction
by the market clerk of any goods in such stall sufficient for
payment thereof and the stall-holder shall, in addition, be liable on
summary conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars for every
such refusal or neglect.

21. Every stall-holder shall cause all garbage or refuse to be
deposited in the receptacles provided for that purpose.

PROTECTION OF MARKET PROPERTY

22. (1) No fires or cooking shall be permitted in the market.

(2) Every person who uses any light other than an electric
light in the market shall have such light enclosed in a glass
shade or glass lantern.

Cleansing
of equipment.

Stalls to be
kept clean.

Disposal of
garbage.

Fires and naked
lights not
permitted.

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23. Any person who, in the market—
(a) breaks or damages any stall, appliance, furniture,

structure or fence;
(b) sharpens any hatchet, knife or other tool on the

stalls, walls, or any brick or concrete structure
or floor;

(c) sits on any table, stall or chopping block;
(d) defaces any sign or surface;
(e) propels or operates any hand-truck, wheel-barrow

or other vehicle recklessly or negligently; or
(f) plays any ball game,

is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars.

24. Except for a single authorised sign bearing the name of
the current stall-holder as required by bye-law 15, no signs, notices
or advertisements shall be painted, affixed or placed on any part
of the exterior of any stall.

25. (1) No stall-holder may add to or alter the external
dimensions of any stall.

(2) Without the written consent of the Council first had
and obtained, no awning or shade of any description may be affixed
or erected outside any stall.

(3) Without the written consent of the Council first had
and obtained, no person may paint the exterior of any stall.

(4) No articles shall be hung or placed outside any stall
and all displays of articles for sale and all selling activities shall be
confined within stalls.

MAINTENANCE OF ORDER

26. Every person who assaults or obstructs any person
authorised to—

(a) collect rents or fees;
(b) inspect or seize any marketable commodity;
(c) remove any obstructions;

Damage to
market
property, etc.

Signs and
advertisements.

No additions
to stalls, etc.

Obstruction
of officers.

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Exclusion of
alcoholic
beverages.

Use of violence,
obscene
language, etc.

Singing,
whistling, etc.

Hawking,
carrying about,
etc.

Loitering, etc.

Removal of
obstructions.

(d) extinguish any fire;
(e) inspect any stall;
(f) remove any disorderly person; or
(g) perform any other duty under these Bye-laws,

in the execution of such duty, is liable on summary conviction to
a fine of one hundred dollars.

27. (1) No person may bring any alcoholic beverage into
the market.

(2) No person may consume or have in his possession
any alcoholic beverage while in the market.

28. Any person who is violent or uses obscene language or
misbehaves or otherwise misconducts himself while in the market
is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine
of one hundred dollars.

29. No person shall sing or whistle to the annoyance of any
other person or play any musical instrument, or any radio or other
music-making device in the market.

30. No person shall hawk, carry about or cry any articles for
sale in the market, or cry out the price of any articles for sale at
any stall. Prices shall be marked on labels or price lists and
positioned in front of articles for sale. No person shall use any bell
or other noise-making instrument in the market and, except for a
sale by order of the market clerk for realising rents, fines, or other
sums recoverable under these Bye-laws, no goods shall be sold
by auction in any part of the market.

31. No person shall loiter in the market, or stand in its passages
or its immediate approaches or obstruct the free passage of other
persons there-through.

32. The market clerk or anyone acting under his direction may
remove all obstructions to and all persons obstructing any path or

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passage in the market and, where such obstruction is caused by
goods or any other articles whatsoever, may seize and impound
the same until a penalty of fifty dollars and the expenses of removal
and impoundment are paid to the market clerk. If not claimed within
24 hours, the goods or articles so seized may be sold by the market
clerk and the proceeds paid over to the Chief Executive Officer
for the use of the Council. Every person who wilfully obstructs
any path or passage in or to the market is liable on summary
conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars.

33. The market clerk or any person authorised by him, any
Meat Inspector, a Public Health Inspector or any authorised
Constable may at all times enter and inspect any stall, stand or
locker in the market for the purpose of verifying whether these
Bye-laws are being observed and for securing their enforcement.

34. No person may bring any bicycle into any building in the
market or park any bicycle except in a place designated and set
apart for that purpose.

35. (1) Except with the permission of the market clerk first
had and obtained, no person shall cause or permit any vehicle or
animal of draught or burden to enter any part of the market other
than the area reserved for the parking of vehicles.

(2) No person shall cause or permit any vehicle allowed
to enter market premises for the purpose of loading or unloading
to remain on the market premises longer than the time necessary
for loading or unloading.

36. (1) Any stall-holder or his assistant convicted of
committing an offence involving disorderly conduct in the market
may be expelled from the market by resolution of the Council and
thereafter while such resolution continues in force may be treated
as a trespasser if he enters the market on any occasion for any
purpose without the permission of the market clerk.

Inspection
of stalls.

Bicycles.

Vehicles in the
market yard.

Expulsion for
disorderly
conduct.

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(2) In this bye-law, “offence involving disorderly
conduct” includes—

(a) assault;
(b) use of abusive or obscene language;
(c) disorderly behaviour;
(d) disturbing the peace by fighting;
(e) introducing any alcoholic beverage to the market;
(f) consuming or having alcoholic beverage in one’s

possession;
(g) obstructing any officer in the discharge of his

duties under these Bye-laws;
(h) gambling or assembling to gamble; and
(i) uttering threats to any person.

37. All persons selling in the market shall obey the lawful
orders of the market clerk or the Chief Executive Officer; and
any person who in the opinion of the Chief Executive Officer
conducts himself in a disorderly manner or persistently acts in
contravention of these Bye-laws may on the Order of the Chief
Executive Officer be forbidden to sell in the market until such
time as the Council has considered and determined any request by
the Chief Executive Officer or the market clerk that such person
be ejected therefrom.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION

38. All meat or fish, vegetables, fruit or other articles (whether
solid or liquid) intended for human consumption exposed for sale
in the market or found in the market which, in the opinion of the
market clerk, the Medical Officer of Health, the Meat Inspector,
or a Public Health Inspector, are of bad or unwholesome quality
may be seized by any of them and destroyed and the person offering
or exposing the same for sale, or the occupier or person in charge
of the stall in which the same was found is liable on summary
conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars.

Suspension
by Chief
Executive
Officer.

Unwholesome
food may be
destroyed.

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Record of
seizures.

Food handler’s
badges.

Ch. 12. No. 4.
(1950. Ed.).

Clean clothes to
be worn.

Infectious or
contagious
disease.

39. The market clerk, the Meat Inspector, or Public Health
Inspector, as the case may be, shall enter in a book kept for that
purpose particulars of any article so seized.

40. (1) No person may sell in the market unless—
(a) he is in possession of a valid and subsisting

food handler’s badge issued under the Public
Health Ordinance;

(b) he wears and keeps such badge displayed on his
person while selling.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with the requirements
of this bye-law is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one
hundred dollars.

41. Every person selling in the market shall be dressed in clean
clothes and, in addition, every such person selling fresh meat or
fish shall be properly shod and shall wear a clean apron or other
protective garment which shall be replaced not less often than every
morning by another clean garment.

42. (1) Where the market clerk suspects that a person
selling in the market is suffering from any infectious or
contagious disease, he shall make a report to the Chief Executive
Officer, and the Chief Executive Officer may require such
person to obtain a certificate from the Medical Officer of Health
of the District stating whether the person is free from infectious
or contagious disease.

(2) The market clerk shall refuse admittance to the market,
or remove or cause to be removed from the market any such person
failing to produce such certificate.

(3) The market clerk shall refuse admittance to the market
or remove or cause to be removed from the market any person
suffering from any infectious or contagious disease or from any
skin or other disease which in the opinion of the clerk renders the
person unfit to sell in the market.

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43. (1) No person may prepare, sell, offer, or expose for sale
in the market any prepared food intended for human consumption
except in a booth or area specially designated and set apart for that
purpose by order of the Council and in accordance with Rules
made by the Council.

(2) All appliances, freezers, churns, milk-cans,
implements, bottles and other vessels, eating or drinking utensils
and accessories employed in the preparation or sale of prepared
food shall immediately after use and at all other appropriate times
be thoroughly washed in clean running water and shall at all times
be kept by the owner and every person having charge thereof in a
clean and wholesome state to the satisfaction of the Medical
Officer of Health.

(3) In this bye-law, “prepared food” includes: bread, cakes
and pastries of all kinds, prepared dishes whether cooked or
uncooked, drinks, refreshments, confectionary and condiments.

44. No person shall sell, offer, or expose for sale any authorised
produce on the ground in the market or on the floor of any stall.
Authorised produce may be sold, offered or exposed for sale at
floor or ground level only if they are placed on or contained in
suitable bags, trays, boxes, pans or other containers approved by
the Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Officer, or Veterinary
Surgeon for the district under the Council’s jurisdiction.

45. No person shall bring or permit any dog to follow him
into or to be with him in the market.

46. Every bottle containing any article for sale shall be labelled
with the name and the quantity of its contents and if not so labelled
may be seized and destroyed.

47. Paper used by any vendor in the market for the purpose of
wrapping any articles sold shall be—

(a) clean, and
(b) not previously used for any purpose.

Prepared foods.

No exposure
of foodstuffs
on floor.

No dogs
allowed.

Bottles to be
labelled.

Wrapping paper.

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SALE OF FRESH MEAT AND FISH

48. (1) No person shall bring any fresh meat into the market
unless such meat has been passed by the Meat Inspector as fit for
human consumption and marked by him in the manner approved
by the Medical Officer of Health.

(2) Any meat brought into the market in contravention
of this bye-law may be seized by the Medical Officer of Health,
the Meat Inspector, or the market clerk and destroyed.

49. (1) No person shall store or allow fresh meat or fish to
remain in the market after closing hours.

(2) No person shall remove any fresh meat from the
market to any cold stores and no person shall sell or offer or expose
for sale in the market any fresh meat which was exposed for sale
on a previous day.

(3) Any meat found in the market in contravention of
this bye-law may be seized by the Medical Officer of Health, the
Meat Inspector, or the market clerk and destroyed.

50. (1) No person shall sell or expose for sale in the market
any fresh meat except at a stall set aside for that purpose.

(2) Any person who sells or exposes for sale any fresh
meat in contravention of this bye-law is liable on summary
conviction to a fine of fifty dollars.

51. (1) Every person who sells meat in the market shall, at
the close of business each day, wash the stall, scrape and wash the
table or shambles and chopping block, and thoroughly cleanse
the scale and weights which have been used by him.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with the provisions
of this bye-law is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one
hundred dollars.

52. Any person who, in the market—
(a) spits on the ground or on the wall or floor of any

stall or building;

Fresh meat to be
passed by Meat
Inspector.

Removal of
fresh meat to
cold stores
prohibited.

Designated fresh
meat stalls.

Stall, etc., to
be washed
each day.

Other offences
against
sanitation.

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Conditions of
sale prohibited.

Sales according
to proper
weights.

Less weight,
measure,
number.

True description
of meat.

Tampering with
scale, etc.

(b) urinates, defecates, or deposits filth, urine, or any
other offensive matter in any place other than in
the facilities provided for such purposes; or

(c) deposits any refuse on the ground,
is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

53. (1) No vendor shall refuse to sell any meat, fish, or other
authorised produce exposed or offered for sale in the market in
such quantities as a purchaser may require or impose any condition
on the sale of any such articles.

(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of this
bye-law is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one
hundred dollars.

54. Every article retailed by weight shall be properly weighed
and, in all cases of dispute in respect of weight, the seller shall, if
required to do so by the purchaser or intended purchaser, cause the
article about which the dispute arises to be weighed in the presence
of the market clerk or his assistant or a constable.

55. No person shall sell or deliver any articles in the market
of less weight, measure, or number than has been bargained for.

56. No carcass or part of the carcass of any animal shall be
sold in the market as the carcass or part of any other animal or as
being a description of meat other than the true and proper
description thereof.

57. (1) No person shall by any contrivance or device, or in
any manner whatever tamper with any scale, balance, beam or
weight in the market, whether the scale, balance, beam or weight
is the property of, or in the possession of, or under the control of,
such person or not.

(2) The market clerk or any constable authorised by the
Council may inspect and examine the beams, scales, weights and

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measures at any stall in the market and shall cause the same to be
made correct, true and legal.

(3) Any person having in his possession in the market
any false, illegal or incorrect beams, scales, weights or measures
or deceptive device contrary to the standard weights or measures
is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars
and the false, illegal, or incorrect beam, weight or measure or
other deceptive device may be forfeited by order of the
convicting Magistrate.

(4) Any person convicted of a contravention against this
bye-law is, upon being convicted of contravening this bye-law a
second or any subsequent time, liable to be expelled as a seller
from the market upon resolution of the Council.

MISCELLANEOUS

58. (1) No person shall sell or offer for sale any authorised
produce at any place within a radius of one and a half kilometres
of the market except in a shop, store, warehouse or other premises
established and operated for the sale of such products by the
authority of or under a licence issued by the Council.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to—
(a) the sale of ground provisions, vegetables, or

fruit at wholesale within the area prescribed to
a registered co-operative society by any of its
members, or by a registered co-operative society
in any building occupied for the purpose of the
society’s business with the prior approval of
the Council;

(b) the sale of ground provisions, vegetables or fruit
on any land within the area prescribed when they
have been produced on such land.

(3) A copy in legible letters of paragraphs (1) and (2) shall
be kept posted in a conspicuous place on the grounds or buildings
of the market.

Prohibition of
unauthorised
vending.

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Daily record of
fresh meat
and fish.

Power to
make Rules.

Bye-laws and
Rules to be
exhibited.

General penalty.

59. The market clerk shall record each day in a book kept for
that purpose a statement of the amount of fresh meat and fish
brought to the market for sale, the names of the persons by whom
the same was brought and the quantity of fresh meat or fish
brought by each such person; the book shall be exhibited daily to
and its correctness certified by the Chief Executive Officer or his
Chief Clerk.

60. The Council may make Rules not inconsistent with these
Bye-laws for the maintenance, protection, and efficient operation
of the market and for ensuring the proper ordering and discharge
of any matter herein provided for.

61. One copy of these Bye-laws and of any Rules made by the
Council hereunder shall be delivered free of charge to every stall-
holder and printed copies thereof shall be exhibited in some
conspicuous place in the market.

62. Every person who in any manner contravenes or fails to
comply with any provision of these Bye-laws for breach of which
no other penalty is provided shall on summary conviction be liable
to a fine of one hundred dollars.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

HOURS OF OPENING

1. The days and the hours between which the market shall be opened and
kept open shall be as follows:

Weekdays other than Public Holidays—6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sundays and Public Holidays—6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Provided that—
(a) during the two weeks immediately preceding Christmas, the

hours shall be 6:00 a.m. to l0:00 p.m. daily; and
(b) during the week immediately preceeding any other national

festival when so appointed by resolution of the Council, the
hours shall be 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

(Bye-law 6).

(Bye-Law 7). SECOND SCHEDULE

AUTHORISED PRODUCE

1. The following and no other articles are authorised to be sold in
the market:

Fresh meat of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs slaughtered in Trinidad
and Tobago;

Fresh fish;
Eggs;
Ground provisions, vegetables, pulses and fruits.

2. Without limiting the generality of paragraph 1 of this Schedule, none
of the following is authorised to be sold in the market:

Frozen meat (whether thawed or unthawed);
Corned, pickled, or salted meat or fish;
Flour;
Rice;
Butter, margarine, lard;
Cheese;
Smoked herring;
Canned or other processed foods;
Soap or detergent.

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