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PIA Press Release
2010/06/02

Stricter "no smoking" policy in public utility vehicles

Cebu City (2 June) -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-7) in region 7 will strictly implement the new "No Smoking" policy in all public utility vehicles (PUV) and in land transportation terminals nationwide.

Eugene Ibo, Jr., LTFRB-7 Information Officer, said this policy is incorporated in Memorandum Circular 2009-036 issued by of the Department of Transportation and Communication.

Ibo added that under the new policy, all holders of certificates of public conveyance must observe the strictly the "No Smoking" policy inside jeepneys/buses or any other public utility vehicles and in bus/jeepney terminals to avoid inconvenience to the passengers.

Ibo went on that "smoking areas" in terminals, must not be designated anywhere indoor or in any outdoor area that is near the entrances, exits, and or near places where people assemble.

According to the law, establishments are fined P500/month, for the first offence for failure to post the "No Smoking" signs in appropriate locations and P500 fine for other violations.

For the second offence, P5,000 fine and suspension of the Certificate of Public Conveyance, where applicable, and for the third offense P10,000 fine and cancellation of the Certificate of Public Conveyance.

The new policy is pursuant to Republic Act no. 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 that aims to promote a healthful environment and to protect the public from the adverse effect of second-hand smoke. (pia7/hfg) [top]

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