Smoke-Free Cabs

Have you seen the Smoke-Free Cab posters?

While there are now quite a number of LPG-powered cabs in the country, there is still much to be said about the use of LPG as “fuel” — causing debates around the country, especially as it directly impacts the health of drivers and passengers.

I do not really smoke so I do not have a problem with it.  Quite honestly, I am very happy about the No Smoking ordinance. I do not even like it when I take public transportation and it smells like cigarette. I feel that while the smoker believes he has all the right to smoke, the rest of us, non-smokers, have the right to breathe clean air, and not be affected by other smokers’ “pollution”. And so yesterday, this 100% Smoke-Free Poster that was on the cab I took yesterday caught my attention.

smoke freeStrapped to the back of the driver’s seat,  the says 100% Smoke Free, per LTFRB Memo Circular 2009-036.

So what does this Memo Circular say? It is about a 100% SMOKE FREE PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLES (PUVs) AND PUBLIC LAND TRANSPORTATION TERMINALS.

The policy, as directed by the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), “aims to promote a healthful environment and to protect the public from second-hand smoke, to which there is no safe level of exposure”. It acknowledges second-hand smoke exposure not just as a known cause of lung cancer, but also increases the risks of heart disease, asthma attacks, and acute respiratory maladies.

1. Smoking Prohibition – Smoking, or the act of carrying a lighted cigarette or other tobacco pmduct, is prohibited in all public utility vehicles and public transportation terminals.

2. “No Smoking” Signs in Terminals – All persons who operate, administer, manage, own, operate, and/or public land transportation terminals are mandated to post at least one NO SMOKING SIGN at each entrance to the terminal and at least another one in a location inside the waiting area of the public land transportation terminal.

3. “NO SMOKING” SIGNS IN VEHICLES – All h0lders of certificate of public convenience are mandated to prominently display NO SMOKING SIGNS inside their authorized units.

a. For jeepneys, the NO SMOKING SIGN of at least 3.5 sq in shall be placed at the back of the windshield and another sign of at least 10sq in shall be placed at the back of the front row seats.

b. For taxis, FX or similar vehicles, the NO SMOKING SIGN of at least 3.5 sq inch shali be placed on the glove compartment at the front right side of the taxi. windshield and another sign of at least 10sq in shall be placed at the back of the driver’s seat.

c. For buses, the NO SMOKING SIGN of at least 3.5 sq inch shall be placed at the back of the windshield, and another sign of at least 10sq in shall be placed at the back of the driver’s seat facing the passengers or a similarly prominent area of the bus.

This is a big step towards better air quality as mobile sources (motor vehicles) remain the major source of air pollution in the country. Hopefully, we will see the day when smoking will entirely be banned, at least in public, but until then, let us herald the LTFRB and all the public utility vehicle owners who have followed this policy.

Let’s all work together towards cleaner air.

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