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September 1 launch of no smoking in taxis campaign

Starting on September 1, taxi drivers will be banned from smoking in their taxis whether there are passengers or not failing that the cabbies and the owners of taxis will be liable to fines ranging from 1,000-2,000 baht.

According to the act to protect the health of non-smokers, Land Transport Department chief Sanit Promwong said on Tuesday that, beginning September 1, all taxis will be regarded as a smoking-free zone which means taxi drivers are banned from smoking in taxis with or without passengers.

Sanit Promwong, Land Transport Department chief

However, he said the Land Transport Department, in cooperation with the Diseases Control Department and the Foundation to Campaign against Smoking will distribute 100,000 no smoking stickers to taxi drivers through the transport offices of the City Administration so that they can be attached to the front consoles of their cars which are easily visible.

Mr Sanit warned that owners of taxis which do not have the stickers will be liable to a fine of 2,000 baht whereas cabbies who smoke in their cars will face a fine of not exceeding 1,000 baht and, an addition of 2,000 baht in fine for defying the law to protect the health of non-smokers.

In November, he said officials from the Land Transport Department will conduct random inspection of taxis to assess the result of anti-smoking campaign in Bangkok after which the smoking ban may be expanded to cover other modes of public transport.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)