City to Starting Issuing Fines to Those Caught Littering or Spitting in Public
The urban management bureau will be issuing fines from 50 yuan or more to those caught littering or spitting on public streets in the city starting in April. Those caught spitting or minor littering can draw fines of around 50 yuan, those who are caught throwing trash improperly or those who don’t pick up their trash are fined 50 yuan as well.
These fines can reach up to 1,000 yuan and will be imposed on shop operators who sweep their trash out of their shops and into streets or in sidewalks. Those throwing trash out of their vehicles will be fined 500 yuan by the traffic police. Urban management officers will be posting pictures or videos of those caught littering or spitting in public and will be publicizing the information to various media. Those who refuse to pay the fine within a designated time period or fail to provide proper information will be taken to court.
Residents doubt that there might be not enough law enforcers in patrolling the streets that will catch people littering or spitting since people leave quickly after doing the deed. Shenzhen civility law took effect last March 2013 and have been imposing penalties to residents with behavior that is deemed uncivilized such as littering and spitting. Enforcement officers have encountered several difficulties in the past year due to the inability in collecting proof of violations.
Dongmen has already implemented the fines in their district and is successful as heavy issuance of fine resulted to less trash thrown on the streets. Litterers where fined since June and the amount of trash has decreased from 6 tons to less than half a ton. Enforcement officers in Dongmen use handheld or high definition cameras or monitoring systems to take photos and videos of those littering.