Is It Legal to Set-Up a Catering Van on a Busy Road

by diane
(Blackburn Lancashire)

Hi a catering van has set up at weekend’s right on the traffic lights selling from the land of a private business owner. His window is on level with pavement.

When there is queues u have to walk into the road at the lights to get past. When u need to cross the road at the side of him u can’t see the traffic coming through the lights where u have just passed so u have to go into the middle of the road to see traffic because he has caused a blind spot.

The junction is very busy at all times and disabled people can’t use the drop kerb they have to go directly into the traffic lights square to see. Is this legal

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Jan 06, 2015
illegal Trading
by: David

Hello Diana,

From what you have described it does not sound like a legal pitch, and is probably trading illegally and without consent. The best and easiest way to make sure is to simply call your local council and speak with an Environmental Health Officer they will tell you if the business has a legal right to trade. From here they will approach the owner with a warning to stop trading or make some changes to the way they trade if they have a legal right.


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