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Action to combat smoking on buses

PLAIN clothed inspectors will be tackling passengers who light up on the borough’s buses.

PLAIN clothed inspectors will be tackling passengers who light up on the borough’s buses.

Since the start of the month, the transport authorities have been cracking down on those who smoke on board.

The nuisance commuters will be issued with a £50 fixed penalty. This drops to £30 if the passenger pays within 14 days.

Tony Dallison, from National Express West Midlands, said: “Smoking on buses is not only illegal but unpleasant for other passengers.

“We take this kind of anti-social behaviour very seriously and are delighted to have joined forces with Solihull Council to stub out smoking for good.”

This tough, new scheme has already been successful in Birmingham and Coventry and will soon be rolled out to other parts of the West Midlands.

Councillor Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for safer communities, said: “Although most travellers abide by no smoking rules, some continue to disregard the law and disrupt the journeys of others.

“This project will punish those that offend, in the hope of achieving completely smoke-free public transport.”

Passengers who spot people smoking on buses can text 07624 818 332 - with the route, time and place. This will be used to gather information on particular hotspots.

 

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