SINGAPORE - Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage helped the authorities nab 95 high-rise litterbugs last year, up from the average of five a year before cameras were used.
At least three MPs proposed using technology to nip the littering problem on our roads and at home.
Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten)
Will the National Environment Agency (NEA) be relying on CCTVs installed on lamp posts in private estates to take enforcement action against litterbugs?
Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu:
We're in the pilot process of using CCTV (from) other agencies... such as Land Transport Authority and Singapore Police (Force) for enforcement and monitoring purposes.... Having the CCTV is one thing.
We need to also have the analytics to pick up the action we'd like to enforce because it's not possible for someone to be (constantly) watching all the CCTV footage that's available.
Mr Heng Chee How (Whampoa)
NEA can also tap into videos fitted by in-car cameras to act against littering (from) moving vehicles... make use of the public spiritedness as well.
Ms Tin Pei Ling (Marine Parade GRC)
Apart from fines, will the ministry consider releasing the names of highrise litterbugs so that public pressure can be exerted on them?
Ms Fu: We will treat all offenders in an even-handed way... some of these charges are made public and if it goes to court, then it could be reported publicly.
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