From time to time Spring City officials issue public statutes meant to curb actions deemed detrimental to a harmonious society. Often these have targeted one specific issue, such as littering or parking on the sidewalk. On April 28, however, the People's Government of Kunming went on the offensive and announced fines for a litany of actions oddly characterized as "chaotic phenomena".
The regulations, released in a document entitled "The Comprehensive Remediation of Environmental Sanitation and Traffic Order Notice", have reportedly been distributed to local police stations across Kunming. The new dictates, which cover public decorum as well as traffic and construction site etiquette, will begin to be enforced this summer on June 15.
People found to be involved in "uncivilized behavior" will be issued on-the-spot citations with monetary penalties ranging from 50 to 30,000 yuan. Recidivist offenders can face progressively rising fines or, in extreme cases, jail time. Below is a complete list of the chaotic phenomena and their accompanying consequences, as vaguely enumerated in the announcement:
• Public spitting, urinating, defecating, littering or throwing garbage out of windows (50 yuan fine)
• Violation of traffic signals (50 yuan fine)
• Illegal modification of motorized vehicles (50 yuan fine)
• Jaywalking (50 yuan fine)
• Overloading motorized vehicles (50 yuan fine)
• Leaking fluids from vehicles (30 yuan per square meter of spill)
• Operating illegal vending stalls (50 yuan fine)
• Parking illegally (150 yuan fine and three points off driving record)
• Damaging flower beds, public lawns or trees (200 yuan fine)
• Placing tables on the sidewalk outside of restaurants (furniture confiscated and 300 yuan fine)
• Disseminating printed advertising illegally (confiscation of materials and 500 yuan fine)
• Graffitiing (cost of cleanup and 500 yuan fine)
• Erecting illegal billboards or other signage (removal costs and 1,000 yuan fine)
• Storing construction or other materials on public streets or sidewalks (removal and 5,000 yuan fine)
• Failing to properly cover construction or other materials that may contribute to air pollution (10,000 yuan fine)
• Making modifications to existing structures without a permit (3,000-30,000 yuan fine depending on circumstances)
The statutes issued Monday reflect those seen in several previous public campaigns, perhaps differing from their predecessors mainly in terms of scope. Five years ago, the city attempted to specifically combat spitting by distributing hundreds of thousands of environmentally friendly phlegm bags and numerous other crusades have been launched to curb all manner of naughtiness. Possibly the most interesting and confusing of these was a 2010 effort that sought to "uproot evil forces" in Kunming.
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