|Littering in public places can result in a fine of between VNĐ5-7 million ($222-311). – Photo baomoi.vn|
HÀ NỘI – The Hoàn Kiếm District police in Hà Nội have slapped a woman with a fine of VNĐ6 million (US$266) for littering a pavement.
She was caught red-handed throwing rubbish on a pavement on Phủ Doãn street on Tuesday .
Under the Government’s new decree on administrative penalties relating to environmental protection, which came into effect on February 1, people will be fined between VNĐ5 million ($222) and VNĐ7 million ($311) for littering streets, pavements or sewages in residential areas.
The district’s police are working on a campaign, starting from Saturday, to check and punish violations relating to urban order.
In Cầu Giấy District, over the past few days, authorised forces punished more than VNĐ60 million ($2,660) on 21 people for violating the new Government regulation, including discharging waste water, littering and urinating in public places and spilling construction materials on streets.
Violations related to environmental protection mentioned in the decree include violations of laws on waste management, machines, import of materials and biological substances and mineral exploitation. The decree also includes violations concerning biological diversity, natural ecology and animal protection.
The highest administrative fine for individuals caught violating environmental protection rules is VNĐ1 billion ($44,400), while the highest fine for an organisation is VNĐ2 billion ($88,800). - VNS