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Tainan’s EPB finds law to keep ads from ruining city’s looks
換法條重罰 台南遏止亂貼小廣告

An Environmental Protection Bureau inspector climbs a ladder to remove an advertisement in Greater Tainan on Nov. 21.
台南環保局稽查人員十一月二十一日於台南爬梯子撤除小廣告。

Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡文居

All those small advertisements that real estate agencies post up all over the place can really ruin a city’s looks, yet according to the Waste Disposal Act the maximum fine is only NT$6,000 — not nearly enough to deter people. In clamping down on these eyesores, Tainan’s Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) now has a new trick up its sleeve. They have joined forces with the Bureau of Land Administration (BLA), which in accordance with the Real Estate Broking Management Act, is now handing out fines of up to NT$300,000. Nine companies have been fined thus far, amounting to NT$580,000 in all.

Chien Chih-shen, an employee at the EPB’s Environment Sanitation Management Division, says that although the Waste Disposal Act allows perpetrators to be fined between NT$1,200 and NT$6,000, most real estate agencies have the financial wherewithal not to be deterred by the fine. But according to the Real Estate Broking Management Act, if a company puts up an ad that does not clearly state they are brokering, the agency can be fined between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000, more than enough to keep most companies from putting up ads illegally.

The EPB says that most of the small ads seen throughout the city are for homes that are for sale. The agency has been sending out more inspectors to get rid of the ads and fine perpetrators, but now they are also cooperating with the BLA, which is handing out hefty fines to real estate agencies breaking the law.

Chien says that plumbing, moving, and lending companies that paste ads on utility poles are typically fined the maximum NT$6,000 because it is so hard to remove the ads.

Chang Hwang-jen, director-general of the EPB, says she hopes that by having the EPB and the BLA work together, they will be able to effectively deter real estate agencies from engaging in this behavior that is spoiling the beauty of the city. Chang also says that brokers should exercise self-constraint to avoid being fined.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. deter v.

遏阻 (e4 zu3)

例: The UN arms embargo has not deterred certain nations from selling weapons to the rebels.

(聯合國禁運武器沒有遏阻某些國家賣武器給反叛組織。)

2. clamp down on v. phr.

取締 (qu3 di4)

例: The police are clamping down on illegal protests.

(警察取締非法抗議。)

3. perpetrator n.

行為人;犯罪者 (xing2 wei2 ren2; fan4 zui4 zhe3)

例: He claims that he is the victim, not the perpetrator.

(他宣稱是被害者,不是行為人。)


(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

房仲業亂貼小廣告,破壞市容,依廢棄物清理法最高只罰六千元,無法有效遏阻,台南市環保局取締違規張貼小廣告有新招,結合地政局依違反「不動產經紀業管理條例」開罰,最高可罰卅萬元,已有九個業者被開罰五十八萬元。

環保局環衛科承辦人員簡智伸說,廢清法是處罰行為人,罰款一千二百元至六千元,一般房仲業者有恃無恐;但是不動產經紀業管理條例對未註明經紀業而張貼廣告的違規業者,則可處六萬至卅萬元罰鍰,對業者具有嚇阻效果。

環保局表示,街頭小廣告以售屋廣告最多,大街小巷到處可見,為有效嚇阻業者違規張貼廣告,除加派稽查人員成立專案埋伏取締張貼小廣告的行為人外,並與地政局合作,嚴懲違規的房仲業者。

而對於張貼包通、搬家、借貸等違規小廣告,簡智伸說,「只要張貼在電線桿上,因清除困難,一律開罰六千元」。

環保局長張皇珍則說,希望在環保、地政合作下,有效嚇阻房仲業者破壞市容的行為,而經紀業者也應自律,以免受罰。

(自由時報記者蔡文居)

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