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PUBS COMPLYING WITH SMOKE-FREE LAWS IN GLASGOW

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Only one fine has been issued to a business by Glasgow inspectors for not complying with smoke-free legislation, ac...
Only one fine has been issued to a business by Glasgow inspectors for not complying with smoke-free legislation, according to latest figures.

The City Council's environmental protection services enforcement staff have found a high level of compliance by business operators. The liquor licensed sector has been given particular praise for how it has dealt with the new legislation.

From 26 March 2006 to 10 April 2006, 702 premises have been inspected and only one fixed penalty has been served. Nineteen warning notices have also been served.

The recipient of the£250 fixed penalty served on a restaurant manager on 29 March has requested a hearing. In accordance with the legislation, this will be heard 'within a reasonable time'.

Thirty seven complaints have been forwarded to the Council from the National Compliance Line and will be investigated.

Concern is still being expressed about the increase in cigarette ends being thrown into the street. Three fixed penalty fines of£50 have been issued for littering in relation to throwing away cigarette ends. Lack of signage in a variety of premises continues to be the most common issue raised by enforcement officers.

Generally people have been understanding of the job of enforcement officers however there have been a few occasions when officers have been verbally abused by customers.

As the legislation beds in, a second phase of enforcement activity will now start. This will involve working with Strathclyde Police and, depending on circumstances, some activity may be done covertly.

Director of Environmental Protection Services, Robert O'Neill said: 'We are particularly pleased with the response from the licensed trade when it had been widely reported this could be a problem area. Other business sectors could do with following their lead - particularly in relation to signage.

'While we are please with the compliance rate, we will not hesitate to issue littering fines for those that carelessly drop cigarette ends.'

Glasgow City Council has around 120 officers with the power to enforce the smoke-free legislation as well as other legislation such as food safety, health and safety, noise pollution.

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