LTFRB reiterates no smoking rule in PUVs

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Thursday, December 16, 2010


IN A BID to make Baguio City smoke free, the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reinforced its policy for public utility vehicle franchise holders to prominently display "no smoking" signs in their units.

A memorandum circular issued by the LTFRB states the "no smoking" policy covers the driver, conductors, as well as commuters.
LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2009-036, which took effect this year, also mandates that "no smoking" signs must not bear fancy designs.

The circular specifies that smoking areas in terminals should be isolated.

Franchise owners who fail to post "no smoking" signs will be penalized P500 per month, plus P500 for other violations.

Franchises will be suspended on second offense and owners will be fined P5,000.

The memorandum is based on Republic Act 9211, or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.

The Philippines is also obliged to implement a "no smoking" policy in accordance with the United Nations Framework on Tobacco Control. (Rimaliza Opiña)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 16, 2010.

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