Basel fines burger-eating on buses

Tired of sticky, greasy and strong-smelling leftovers on buses and trams, Basel authorities are preparing to act.

This content was published on April 23, 2009 - 20:40

They say they will start handing out fines of up to SFr40 ($35) to passengers soiling public transport with food and drinks.

Basel Public Transport Services say the fines are necessary because a 2003 ban 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 newspapers noted that their cities were more "tolerant".

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