BANGKOK, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- A total ban on smoking in all taxis running across Thailand will be effective on Sept 1, with violators to be fined up to 2,000 baht each (RM234.72), Thai News Agency (TNA) reports.
Sanit Promwong, Director-General of the Ministry of Transport's Department of Land Transport, Dr. Suthep Petchmak, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Public Health's Department of Disease Control and Prof. Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit, Secretary General of the Action on Smoking and Health Foundation (ASH), jointly announced the new rule at a press conference in Bangkok on Tuesday.
The new rule, under which the legal no-smoking sign must also be placed in all taxis for passengers to clearly see it, is aimed to protect passengers and the drivers themselves.
According to the new rule based on the Non-Smokers Health Protection Act B.E.2535, taxi owners will be fined 2,000 baht (RM234.72) per cab if there are no-smoking signs placed in their taxis, while taxi drivers who are found violating the law by smoking while driving even when there is no passenger in their cabs will be fined up to 1,000 baht (RM117.27) each plus 2,000 baht (RM234.72) each for violating the Non-Smokers Health Protection Act B.E.2535.
The same fines will be imposed against any passenger who smoke while riding on a taxi.....