Man Fined $19,800 And Corrective Work Order For High-rise Littering

A 38 year-old man was fined on 22nd Jan 2015 for repeatedly flicking cigarettes butts out of his flats. He was fined $600 per charge for 33 charges and sentenced to five hours of Corrective Work Order (CWO) for one charge. This was the highest fine meted out for high-rise littering to date.

He was caught after National Environment Agency (NEA) deployed a surveillance camera in between November 2014 and March 2014, which captured images of him throwing cigarette butts out of his windows 34 times. The NEA has received five complaints earlier on about high-rise littering at Block 224C Compassvale Walk over a period of 12 months beginning in June 2013 which though town councils and grassroots organisation serving the area reach out to residents to educate them but the problem persisted.

NEA Deployed Cameras To Curb High-rise Littering Acts

In 2014, NEA deployed cameras at close to 600 such locations and took 206 enforcement actions including fines and CWOs against offenders caught on action.

Heavier Penalties For Offenders (Revised in 2014)

Environmental Public Health Act amended the law in 2014, doubling the maximum penalty for littering-related offences to S$2,000 for first time offenders. Fines were also increase to $4,000 for second time offenders and S$10,000 for third and subsequent convictions.

Those who encounter high-rise littering problems can call the NEA’s 24 hours hotline at 1800-CALL-NEA (1800-2255-632)

Source from Today Online.

Chewing Gum Banned in Singapore (Since 1992)

One of the popular questions among tourist to Singapore, “No chewing gum in Singapore ?” It might not be surprising to Singapore as the banned has been implemented more than two decades back.

What could have prompt the government to take such extreme measures ? That was because of the increasing inconsiderate people eating chewing gum, spitting and sticking them almost everywhere. It has been such a big hassle to clean up chewing gums stain left on the streets floors, public transport seats and other areas. Cleaning costs for clearing the chewing gums are getting enormous and Singapore, trying to portray itself as a clean and green country, banned chewing gum which came into effect in 1992.

Related: Fines In Singapore For Spitting In Public

The law prohibits the personal use of chewing gum and also any kinds of way to bring the gum into Singapore. However, the government loosen the ban in 2004, where chewing gum of therapeutic value was allowed in Singapore under United-States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

Related: Corrective Work Order And Fines For Littering In Public

If it was the public issues that are causing the ban in Singapore, how about non-stick chewing gum ? In an article which I saw last year, Revolymer has developed the world’s 1st non-stick chewing gum and would that helps to lift the ban in Singapore which was been effected for more than 2 decades from now ?

Under the law, no gum is allowed to be bought or sold inside Singapore and there is a $500 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.

Woman Fined $12,000 For Failing To Pay Fares To 10 Taxi Drivers

Ms. Liu Meiqi, 33, was fined a total of $12,000 or five days’ jail on each charge after admitting to 10 counts of failure to pay taxi fares between 5th October 2014 and 8th March last year. The fares ranged from $6 to $35, amounted to a mere $133. The cases happened on eight incidents with Comfort and two other on CityCab.

How She Avoid Payment

She had used her Maybank credit card to pay for the cab fare but the transactions were not successful. Subsequently, she would say that she does not have any cash and will transfer the cab fares via bank transfer to the taxi drivers. She provided her identity card and mobile phone number to the taxi drivers which she would either not answer the calls or says she was busy or switch off her mobile phone when contacted for the requested of delayed payment.

She had a similar conviction in 2014 when she was fined a total of $2,400 for failing to pay four taxi drivers.

She could have been fined up to $2,000 per charge.