October 30, 2014
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) - Cleanliness, order and more ways to
take your money: authorities in the Swiss city of Basel may have
found a perfect recipe.
Tired of sticky, greasy and strong-smelling leftovers on buses
and trams, authorities say they will start handing out fines up to
40 francs ($34) for soiling public transport with food and drinks.
The Basel Public Transport Services says the fines are necessary
because a 2003 prohibition on drinking and eating on buses and
trams has been largely ignored. The fines will go into effect soon.
Even for the orderly Swiss, the ordinance appeared harsh. Many
papers across the famously clean country noted that their cities
are more "tolerant."