Shopkeepers in North London have been told to make sure they have “No smoking” signs on their front doors after a number of businesses were fined up to £250 for not displaying them. Traders in Haringey have criticised the council for enforcing the law so strictly in times of recession.
But Councillor Nilgun Canver, cabinet member of Haringey Council enforcement, said, “The law is clear. Everybody is feeling the pinch which is why we have worked hard to support businesses through this change to make sure none of them gets caught out through ignorance. The way to avoid a fine is to comply with the law.”
Employers, or those in charge of business premises, are required by law to ensure there is no smoking on their premises, including business vehicles. They are also required to provide adequate “No smoking” signage. Employers can instead provide employees with smoking areas outside.
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