Civility Law Lists Ten Public Behaviors as Uncivilized
Starting March 1 the citywide civility law will take effect after passing months of public debate and rounds of review from the city legislature. The Shenzhen Civilized Behavior Promotion Law has listed ten public behaviors that are branded as uncivilized and will lead to fines for violators.
The said behaviors includes smoking in public, spitting in public, damaging public facilities, failing to clean up a pet’s excrement in public and more. This will be the first law of its kind in China with the final version of the law to be initialized on March 1 will remove specific fines that triggered controversy as the law was still in draft form. Now the law says that uncivilized behaviors are subjected to different fines which will be based on related laws and regulations.
Violators can do community service work to offset half of the fines as the city government will give details for the community service for fine procedure in a different time. The earlier version of the law has set fines from 200 yuan and 10,000 yuan for every uncivilized behavior. Local residents have supported the law, but several are still questioning if the law would be effective or not.