Up to 30 new licences for ice cream hawkers may be issued and some dai pai dong may be able to continue their businesses after the death of their owners, as the government plans to relax policies on hawker licences. In a paper submitted to legislators yesterday, the Food and Health Bureau proposed to issue no more than 30 Itinerant (Frozen Confectionery) Hawker Licences - which allow vendors to sell pre-packaged confectionery such as ice cream and soft drinks. At present there are only 28 hawkers holding this type of licence, with no new licences issued since 1993. Existing licences expire when the holders die or close the business. Under the latest proposal, new licences would be renewed annually. Current licence holders and persons whose immediate family members hold a licence are not eligible. A union says 30 licences is not enough. 'We have asked the government for 100 new licences,' said Cheung Chee-hung, chairman of the Dairy Products Beverage and Food Industries Employees Union. The bureau also proposed lifting restrictions on dai pai dong, so that they may continue if district councils and the government agree.