Prague set to fine litterbugs as of Tuesday

30-06-2008

A new decree comes into effect in Prague on Tuesday which will see those who drop cigarette ends or chewing gum fined up to 30,000 crowns (nearly 2,000 USD). The decree is part of Prague City Hall’s bid to clean up the capital, but opponents say that the edict has not been properly publicized, and that tourists remain largely uninformed. Police will be given powers to hand out on-the-spot, thousand-crown, fines to those caught littering, feeding the pigeons and not cleaning up the soap suds after washing their cars. As punishment for larger infringements, individuals will be referred to the authorities.