Hawkers operating along the narrow roads in George Town have irked motorists, who claim that the traders are the main cause of traffic congestion.
Many of these hawkers set up stalls either by the roadside or on pedestrian walkways causing discomfort to motorists and road users.
“It is dangerous to both the motorists and hawkers. Look at Lorong Baru, which has been closed to traffic at night to allow the pasar malam to operate there.
“As it is, the roads here are narrow,” said A. Kandasamy.
“Although it is called night market, some of these traders set up stalls as early as 4pm.
“By right, they should set up their stalls only at 6pm.
“Office workers often find it difficult to manoeuvre their vehicles in that area.
Another spot is Lebuh Chulia, where hawkers operate near Lorong Cheapside.
Tourist Andrew Weir, 23, said the stalls on the pedestrian walkways forced pedestrians to walk on the busy road.
Traders who set up stalls before 6pm would be dealt with, said a Penang Island City Council spokesman.
“We will send our enforcement officers to the affected areas to monitor the traffic, and prevent hawkers from operating earlier than the stipulated time.”
He assured the public that other areas such as Jalan Macalister, Jalan Kimberly and Lebuh Chulia would also be monitored.