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Spitting now incurs heavy fine

New rules coming into force today ban spitting in the street as well as other anti-social behavior.

The city's revised public-sanitation regulations, which take effect today, will impose a fine of up to 200 yuan (US$29) for spitting, urinating in public, littering, burning rubbish outdoors, abandoning waste batteries and operating a car-cleaning business on a public road or in public space.

Individuals who spit and litter will be fined up to 200 yuan. Companies that dump waste will be fined from 5,000 yuan to 50,000 yuan, according to the revised version.

The regulations also state that building facades must be cleaned or painted at the request of the city government and dilapidated parts should be restored. If the building owner refuses, the urban management department, the enforcement body, will carry out the cleaning and painting at the owner's expense.

The regulations also stipulate fines for those who install illegal outdoor lighting and advertising: from 1,000 yuan to 10,000 yuan for unapproved lighting; and 5,000 yuan to 50,000 yuan for advertising.


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