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Jeeps sans anti-smoking signs to be fined P10K

Tagbilaran City (15 January) -- Tired of na´ve drivers who do not react when you complain about smoking in public conveyances?

Try this.

With your help, the implementation of the smoking prohibition can be one you can dare drivers on.

With implementation, drivers and operators of public conveyances who fail to put up signs and warnings against smoking in their units face P10,000 fines or cancellation of franchise.

The same is true with transportation terminal operators, should government and the civil society as well as private sector files complaints for non-observance of the existing laws.

All you need to have is an LTFRB text hotline and the guts to send your complaints.

This as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) enlists the help of concerned citizens, private individuals in the strengthened enforcement of Smoke Free Laws in Public Conveyances and Terminals.

Here, sectors can now rev up on the monitoring aspect of the compliance of the law.

The LTFRB issued Memo Circular 2009-36 that took effect last week, which requires all Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) and Land Transportation Terminals, to observe the Smoking Prohibition.

The prohibition mandates them to prominently post "No Smoking Signs" in their authorized units and terminal premises.

Groups advocating anti-smoking policies in public places see the positive development as a small victory and yet a huge milestone in their efforts to protect commuters from second-hand smoke.

Exposure to second hand smoke can lead to lung cancer, heart attack, asthma attack, and other respiratory problems.

A doctor asked to comment on the issue said even small amounts of exposure can have immediate harmful effects as he insists there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

He however pressed that there is yet a bigger problem to be faced, and that is the equally dangerous smoke belched by old and un-calibrated diesel engines. (PIA) [top]

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