Arona Ayuntamiento has started fining businesses which employ PRs to gain trade by occupying the pavement areas in front of restaurants and locales. Fines are of €750, rising to €1,500 for subsequent offences. The fines are being imposed by the Policía Local and 30 have already been issued. Adeje is following suit, though the fines will be less: €60 and €600.
Arona Ayuntamiento says the measure is based in existing by-laws, and councillor for Security, Manuel Reverón, said that PRs “annoy tourists because no-one likes to be stopped continually in the street on holiday”. Sr Reverón insisted that the Council’s action is a response to repeated calls from business owners. Not a means of raising money then ….
The Leisure and Restaurant Association of South Tenerife (Asocio) said that the measure was disproportionate, particularly given that it did not address the associated problem of immigrants selling watches, hair braiding, beach massages, etc. This, said Asocio, was the real nuisance, and the culprits didn’t pay taxes either. A cynic might say that they can’t be caught to to pay the fines either ….