FINES of up to BD300 will be imposed for littering, improperly disposing of household rubbish and urinating or spitting in the street.
It comes as the Shura Council yesterday passed a new Cleanliness Law which stipulates fines between BD50 and BD300 for all types of littering.
It also includes fines of BD500 to BD1,000 for transporting rubbish or dangerous substances without a licence or proper equipment, and gives the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry the right to tow vehicles that are abandoned, put up for sale or for scrap at unlicensed spaces.
Shura members yesterday approved all amendments presented by parliament after the government explained the new law was vital as offences were currently being tackled under municipal administrative rules with a flat municipal fine of BD10.
The law has moved back and forth between the two legislative chambers for the last four years due to differences but after yesterday’s final approval it will be referred to His Majesty King Hamad for ratification.
However, it will not be fully implemented until Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf draws up executive by-laws within six months of the law being published in the Official Gazette.