AUDIO: Jamaicans to pay dearly for littering, gov't promises substantial fines
Local Government Minister Noel Arscott says he is intent on announcing new penalties next month to make Jamaicans pay dearly for littering the country.
He has declined to say how substantial the fines will be.
However, he says the stiffer fines are needed urgently as frustration is building over the careless disposal of refuse such as tyres, bottles and plastic by citizens.
He says legal advice is now being sought on whether the proposed new fines can be promulgated in the Parliament while new legislation is drafted.
Arscott says there will be heavy focus on enforcement.
He says before the implementation of the fines, a public education campaign will be done.
Last week, the Local Government Minister complained about the poor treatment of public spaces including Half-Way Tree in St Andrew by commuters and vendors.
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