Putting out the lights

Reading about Swindon Borough Council’s plans to extinguish smoking in enclosed public places by doing 500 inspections on pubs, clubs and the like in the first month of the ban, one thing struck me as wrong, even if one is in favour of the ban. The amount of signage required is just way over the top (with a fine of upto £1000 for getting it wrong).

The main entrance to every workplace in England [has] to display A5 signs including the no-smoking logo and the words “it is against the law to smoke in these premises.” Then further no smoking symbols must be displayed in all company cars and staff entrances.

Unless they’ve been living in another country for the last few months, any staff would know there was a ban being introduced without the need for signs at every entrance. It must be a very profitable time for the sign manufacturers.

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