Authorities overruled the proposed eating and drinking ban, after protest from citizens and lawmakers. Fortunately, they’ve implemented fines for fare evaders, defecators, urinators, and other Shanghai subway regulars. Though considering that trainers still smoke in the gym bathrooms next to “no smoking signs,” we’ll see how well they enforce them. Shanghai Daily reports:
Tougher punishment will be meted out to fare evaders such as those using senior citizen transport cards or fake certificates. The names of fare evaders will be entered into a credit blacklist that can affect chances of getting loans or jobs.
Evaders who jump over or slip under ticket turnstiles will be fined five times the highest single trip ticket price, which is 9 yuan. Those using senior citizen cards or fake certificates to travel will be fined 10 times the highest ticket price.
The documents will be confiscated and those caught with fake certificates, such as those for soldiers or the disabled, will be turned over to police. Over 100,000 fare evaders were caught last year and a total of 500,000 yuan recovered from them.
Those caught smoking, urinating and begging face a maximum fine of 500 yuan (US$81.67). Other bans with the same maximum fine include intercepting a train, getting on to the tracks, tunnels or other restricted areas, jumping over barriers, handrails and turnstile, getting on or off the trains by force.
Defecating, spitting chewing gum, littering, scribbling, painting or pasting posters, setting up stalls, entertaining people for money, distributing brochures/fliers or other sales activities are also banned.
Live poultry, cats, dogs (except guide dogs) or other pets, portable bicycles (including folded bicycles) will not be allowed into the stations.
We’re not sure how effective the fines will be considering the Shanghai metro’s track record, but the trains will certainly become more entertaining as brawls erupt between defecators and the people photographing them.