Ho Chi Minh City

CCTV to be served as evidence for fines of public hygiene violations

Many people in Ho Chi Minh City who drop litter in public places and urinate in streets are likely to incur fines without realizing it after being caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV).

CCTV to be served as evidence for fines of public hygiene violations

In its recent dispatch to the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment petitioned to enhance supervision and impose fines on those who don’t throw away rubbish into waste bins along streets in the city. CCTV will be used as evidence to impose administrative fines on violators as per the dispatch.
With video cameras watching silently from so many HCMC street corners to supervise security and traffic order, local administrators can use camera photos as evidence for administrative fines.
The Department said that though the government issued the decree No. 155/2016 on fining violations such as street urination and littering; however, the law has not been strictly implemented.
Through studying rules of law on environment protection and taking opinions of the public, the Department has petitioned hefty fines for violating public hygiene law.
Because there has been a shortage of inspectors, it is hard to catch those who urinate in streets or throw rubbish in streets red-handed; therefore, it is suitable to use video footage as evidence for fines at present.
Additionally, the Department petitioned city authorities to permit the urban order management force and the construction inspectors to examine and impose fines on violators. Fines will be used to support and maintain activities of the two forces.
Deputy Director of the Department Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh My said that the authority’s strong measures, the public criticism and raising awareness of environmental protection will help to put an end to these infringements. The Department is conducting a survey on publicizing personal information of the violators through the mass media.

By HA VAN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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