Eight companies, one man slapped with fines

James Kon

Eight local companies and one individual were issued with compound fines during a recent joint operation, codenamed Operasi Bersepadu Bersih 16/2020, led by the Law Enforcement Unit of the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Department.

The operation also involved enforcement officers from the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD), the Housing Development Department (HDD) under the Ministry of Development (MoD) and the Land Transport Department (JPD) under the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC).

Three companies were each issued with a compound fine of BND500 for leaving unused vehicles on the side of a public road at Anggerek Desa Industrial Site in Kampong Anggerek Desa, which is a violation under Section 12(1)(f)(i), Chapter 30 of the Minor Offences Act.

Two other companies were each issued with a compound fine of BND500 for disposing oil, used tyres and rubbish in public spaces, a violation under Section 12(1)(d), Chapter 30 of the Minor Offences Act.

The remaining three companies were fined BND200 each for dumping used spare parts and rubbish in public areas, a violation under Section 12(1)(a), Chapter 30 of the Minor Offences Act.

Enforcement personnel examine rubbish dumped at a public area. PHOTO: BSB MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENT

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi man was slapped with a BND100 compound fine after he was caught littering at Perusahaan Ringan Anggerek Desa in Kampong Anggerek Desa, which is a violation under Section 12(1)(a), Chapter 30 of the Minor Offences Act. The offenders are required to settle their fines within seven days or risk a further fine of BND1,000 or a month’s imprisonment for the first convicted offence. Subsequent offences may lead to a fine of BND3,000 and up to three months’ jail term.

The FRD said the enforcement team also found vehicles blocking access to several fire hydrants at a car workshop, which had expired fire extinguishers along with illegal extensions and modifications to the building structure, which went against the guidelines and regulations under the Brunei Darussalam Standard 2012 issued by the MoD.

Several other premises were found storing unused vehicles outside the property boundaries set by the department, and were ordered to remove the vehicles within 14 days while the tenants of the buildings were reminded to comply with the terms and conditions of their rental agreement.

Several abandoned vehicles were found on the roadside.

Further action will be taken through its Standard Enforcement Operations Process under the JPD.

Members of the public with information on offences are urged to lodge their complaints by contacting e-Darussalam at 123, email to [email protected] or text via WhatsApp to 8333123.