63 business breached smoking ban

Sixty-three Reading businesses failed to stub out nicotine since the smoking ban was introduced.

But despite this – and even though more than 1,000 premises in Reading borough have been inspected since July 2007 – no business or individual has been charged or fined for breaching anti-smoking laws.

Individuals and/or businesses could be fined or even face a criminal conviction for failing to obey laws banning smoking in workplaces or enclosed public places, but this has not happened in Reading.

Sixty-three Reading businesses failed to stub out nicotine since the smoking ban was introduced

Sixty-three Reading businesses failed to stub out nicotine since the smoking ban was introduced

Nor has it happened in West Berkshire or Wokingham borough, Freedom of Information statistics obtained by getreading have revealed.

The smoking ban was introduced on July 1, 2007. Between then and mid-December, last year – the period available – 1,011 businesses in Reading borough have been inspected.

Of these, 97 were found to be displaying incorrect signs. A further 63 premises were found to be actively breaching the code.

Just three taxis in Reading borough were found to breach non-smoking laws. But no taxis were found to be displaying incorrect signs – unlike in Wokingham borough where one taxi was not doing so.

Reading Borough Council spokesman Oscar Mortali said: “Reading as a council did an awful lot of proactive work before the ban came into place, visiting businesses and making sure they had all the information they needed in advance.

“As the figures show, of the 1,011 inspections carried out since the ban came into force, 63 businesses were found not to be adhering to the law which, in a busy urban environment like Reading, is not a huge percentage.

“When we revisited these businesses over the following months they had all made the necessary changes.

“The council feels an educational approach and the approach of follow up visits is an effective one and the high number of inspections highlights the work being done in this area.”

In Wokingham borough just 610 businesses have been inspected since the smoking ban came into force. Of these 100 were found to be in breach of legislation, mostly by displaying incorrect signs.

Meanwhile, one Wokingham borough taxi driver was rapped after health and safety bods sniffed out the smell of cigarettes in his car.

And in West Berkshire between July 2007 and June 2009 – the figures available – its council inspected 1,116 premises.

Just three premises and no taxis breached the smoking ban. They received written warnings.

source: www.getreading.co.uk

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