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Jakarta Post

Jakarta proposes on-the-spot littering fines

  • Edna Tarigan

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, November 13, 2015   /  03:08 pm
Jakarta proposes on-the-spot littering fines Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.( Tarigan) ( Tarigan)

 Jakarta Governor Basuki '€œAhok'€ Tjahaja Purnama.( Tarigan)

Jakarta Governor Basuki '€œAhok'€ Tjahaja Purnama has proposed on-the-spot fines for those caught red-handed littering, a move which he expects will reduce littering in the city.

The proposal is that anyone found littering be required to pay a fine without going to trial. "An on-site trial for light offense is not necessary because to gather a judge, etc. takes time," Ahok said on Friday.

The governor reminded the people of Jakarta that City Bylaw No.3/2013 on waste management stipulates a fine of Rp 500,000 (US$36.74) for littering.

"The difference between us and other countries,'€ Ahok continued. '€œis that if you litter in other countries, you pay a fine, for example of $500, without any trial. If you were required to pay Rp 5 million, wouldn'€™t that hurt?'€

'€œMeanwhile, many [Jakartans] wouldn'€™t care if the city authorities just sent the fine letter to our house to ask us to pay through a bank within 48 hours," Ahok added.

According to the governor, an on-the-spot fine policy should be included in planned revisions for the Criminal Code.

"So, if you got caught for littering, you'€™d have to pay an according fine, for example, as high as the minimum wage in Jakarta. If you didn'€™t want to pay, you'€™d be required to sweep the city streets for a certain number of days," Ahok said. (bbn)(+)

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