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Cabbies fined for lighting up as part of Pendle crackdown
10:00pm Wednesday 8th August 2012 in Pendle
TWO taxi drivers have been caught smoking at work as part of a crackdown in Pendle.
Both were fined £50 after one was spotted smoking at the wheel by officers from Pendle Council.
Another was found to be smoking in the office of Street Cars in Nelson when the council visited to make sure that ‘no smoking’ signs were displayed.
John Heys, the environmental health officer who fined the two men, said that smoking put people’s health at risk.
He said: “Passengers have the right to taxis that are smoke-free. Likewise people using a taxi office, whether that’s taxi drivers or members of the public, should not have to breathe in second-hand smoke. It’s no hardship to stand outside to smoke.”
The drivers both from Nelson, were issued on the spot fines for the offences.
One of the drivers who works for Superline Taxis and was caught smoking whilst driving on July 27 and Khan was caught smoking in the Street Cars taxi base.
Dorothy Heys, Superline Taxis operator, said: “Since the driver was caught smoking we have issued the health and safety guidelines to the drivers so that this doesn’t happen again and they will not be breaking the law. We also follow government guidelines and have a smoke-free policy in the office.”
Coun John David, said: “The law is in place to protect workers and residents from tobacco smoke and there really is no excuse for lighting up in non-smoking areas.
“We have a duty to protect our non-smoking residents.”
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