Why Singapore is called the "fine city": main rules and strict prohibitions

By TravelWiseJan 11, 2024 07:14 AMNews
Why Singapore is called the "fine city": main rules and strict prohibitions
Singapore is the only island city-state on the planet, striking in its cleanliness and beauty. Source: pixabay

Singapore has been affectionately nicknamed the "Fine City." However, this name goes beyond a simple play on words. The city-country is certainly one of the best in the world, but that's not why it's called that.

The term "Fine City" expresses two main meanings. At first glance, it means a place of excellence and sophistication, a city that has risen to the world stage. However, the term also refers to the city's strict laws and regulations, with significant fines imposed for various violations. This is described in the article by timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

Singapore is one of the few countries with a number of incredibly strict rules and regulations. They are designed to maintain the high standards for which the city is famous. From chewing gum to failing to flush public toilets, many things are considered offenses, and the fines are significant, to say the least.

It is forbidden to drink and eat on subway trains and at stations. You can be fined up to S$500 for such a violation. However, you can drink and eat on the bus.

Don't smoke in prohibited areas: the fine can be between S$200 and S$1,000 if found guilty by a court. You should avoid smoking in the following places: bus stops, bus poles, covered entrances, hospital grounds and areas, educational institutions, parks in public housing estates, pavilions in any residential area or building, pedestrian bridges, covered or underpasses, playgrounds and sports grounds, water bodies, swimming pools, locker rooms and showers, washrooms and mobile toilets.

Do not litter: the fine can range from S$300 to S$10,000. Singapore is an incredibly clean place. Littering is strictly prohibited here! First-time offenders can be fined up to SGD 300, SGD 2,000 for the first conviction, SGD 4,000 for the second, and SGD 10,000 for the third or more. Along with fines, there is also a Community Service Order, where you will collect and sweep up garbage in public.

No jaywalking: you will be fined up to S$1,000. For first-time offenders, the fine is S$50, but for repeat offenders, it's up to S$1,000 with a three-month jail term.

Do not ride motorized scooters on footpaths. Keep them off footpaths or face a fine of up to SGD 2,000.

Cell phones are not allowed while driving! First-time offenders will face a fine of up to SGD 1,000 and possibly a six-month jail sentence. However, if you commit the offense for the second time, you will face a fine of up to S$2,000 or imprisonment for up to 12 months.

Don't chew gum: Singapore has introduced a ban on chewing gum, with the exception of therapeutic gum. The law is aimed at stopping littering and vandalism caused by discarded gum.

Flush the toilet: Behaviors such as not flushing public toilets can also result in fines. The emphasis on public order and etiquette contributes to the overall cleanliness and discipline in the city.

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