A new law has been passed in Rodrigues that prohibits the use of plastic bags. Those who would be found to disrespect this law would have to pay for a fine not exceeding Rs 1000. A fine of Rs 500 may also be issued. The regulations concerning this have been broken down as follows.
In line with this prohibition, any transaction dealing with plastic bags is considered to be a punishable offence. The selling and distribution of the bags, as well as importing and keeping plastic bags in stock are all deeds liable to be punished by the law.
People breaching the law by selling and distributing plastic bags will have to pay a fine not exceeding Rs 2000. If the offence is perpetrated a second time by the same person, the fine could increase to Rs 5000. A third time would be doubled up to Rs 10 000.
Those manufacturing or importing or storing plastic bags will be subject to payment of fines, not exceeding Rs 5000 for the first time being caught at encroaching the limits set by the law makers. As for the 2nd time, the fine will be at Rs 10 000. Finally, if the offence is repeated a 3rd time, the offender will run the risk of imprisonment, for a period as long as 3 months.