Litterbugs and spitters coughing up cash in Abu Dhabi
More than 2,000 people caught spitting or littering on Abu Dhabi streets have been slapped with fines of up to Dhs500 in the first five months of this year.
Abu Dhabi Municipality revealed that more than 1,600 violators were snared throwing cigarette butts or dropping chewing gum and other waste, while a further 500 people were fined for spitting.
The municipality has intensified campaigns this year on hygiene in the capital and is cracking down on violators.
Thousands of awareness brochures in Arabic, English, Urdu and Bengali have been distributed to taxi drivers and passengers in cooperation with the taxi regulatory centre of Abu Dhabi.
“The campaigns were intended to help maintain the cleanliness of the city and encourage people to refrain from bad habits like throwing waste in the wrong place, dropping cigarette butts and chewing gum on the roads and sidewalks, as well as spitting on the streets and roads,” said Khaleefa Mohammed Al Romaithi, director of public health.
He said maintaining cleanliness in the cityis one of the top priorities of the municipality.