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Weedy Kaohsiung residents to face fines up to NT$10,000

The China Post news staff--Kaohsiung residents who allow weeds to overgrow on their empty plots will receive a fine, city officials said yesterday.

The city council has already revised regulations stipulating a fine ranging from NT$2,000 to NT$10,000 for violators who fail to weed their unused land in urban areas, the officials said.

The original regulations assessed a fine between NT$1,200 and NT$6,000 for weeds higher than 100 cm, a limit that has been lowered to 50 cm in the revisions.

Officials said the new regulations are meant to encourage better management of unused property and prevent the spread of disease.

The city may dispatch workers to weed the land of the violators, who will have to shoulder the fees, the officials said.

The Central News Agency cited complaints by some Kaohsiung residents that the city government allows weeds to overgrow on public roads and in parks.

The city government replied that weeds on roads and in parks under its jurisdiction are not allowed to grow beyond 5 cm.

But it stressed that within the city there are some provincial roads that are under the jurisdiction of the transport ministry.

Officials said Kaohsiung has allocated NT$75.6 million this year for greening empty plots in the form of tax breaks for land owners who complete beautification work on their properties.

Applications for the incentives have to be submitted by Aug. 1, the officials added.

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