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Taxi officer worker fined for smoking in workplace

Posted on - 24th March, 2012 - 2:55pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News

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A taxi office worker who consistently ignored warnings about smoking in his workplace has been fined.

Usman Musa of Coleman Court, Preston, pleaded guilty to smoking within a smokefree place and failing to prevent persons smoking in a smokefree place.

An enforcement officer from the city council observed Mr Musa and a taxi driver smoking at the Allied Taxi offices on Manchester Road in December.

They also saw two ashtrays on the premises containing cigarette butts.

Mr Musa was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £185 and a £15 victims surcharge. The taxi driver was issued with a fixed penalty notice, which he paid.

Craig Sharp, Chief Environmental Health Officer at Preston City Council, said: “The effects of second-hand smoke are well known and it is essential that people in charge of premises ensure compliance with the smokefree laws to protect the health of the public. Failure to do so may result in prosecution.”

Mr Musa had previously been given several written warnings by the council, informing him that he could not allow people to smoke within the taxi office or waiting room.

A taxi office worker who consistently ignored warnings about smoking in his workplace has been fined £200.

Usman Musa of Coleman Court, Preston, pleaded guilty to smoking within a smokefree place and failing to prevent persons smoking in a smokefree place.

An enforcement officer from the city council observed Mr Musa and a taxi driver smoking at the Allied Taxi offices on Manchester Road in December.

They also saw two ashtrays on the premises containing cigarette butts.

Craig Sharp, Chief Environmental Health Officer at Preston City Council, said: “The effects of second-hand smoke are well known and it is essential that people in charge of premises ensure compliance with the smokefree laws to protect the health of the public. Failure to do so may result in prosecution.”

Mr Musa had previously been given several written warnings by the council, informing him that he could not allow people to smoke within the taxi office or waiting room.

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