Monday 4 Jun 2007
END OF THE LINE FOR SMOKING ON THE RAILWAYS
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Notes to editorsWhat does the law do? The law will prohibit smoking in ‘no-smoking premises’ in England by: • creating an offence of smoking in no-smoking premises • creating an offence of permitting others to smoke in no-smoking premises • creating an offence of failing to display warning notices in no-smoking premises • setting out the powers of enforcement officers to enter no-smoking premises • creating an offence of failing without reasonable cause to give one’s name and address on request by an enforcement officer The following will apply to the railways in England from 1st July: Location Smoking / No Smoking Station premises including corridors, lifts, toilets, waiting rooms, reception areas, waiting rooms and shelters etc; railway offices No smoking On trains No smoking Platforms and footbridges – covered, uncovered and partially covered; Subways No smoking Areas external to the station such as most uncovered car parks and station forecourts Smoking permitted About ATOC The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) is the official voice for the passenger rail industry - representing train companies to the government and other opinion formers on transport policy issues. Britain's train operators are working together to change rail travel for the better. ATOC manages many joint activities for train operators including revenue allocation and settlement, impartial retailing, National Rail Enquiries, Railcard marketing, staff travel arrangements, international products and travel agent licensing.
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