Breathe easy with smoke-free tram stops and train platforms21 February 2014
From Saturday 1 March 2014, all areas of railway stations and raised platform tram stops will be smoke-free, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.
The new arrangements will extend the existing smoke-free zones, which currently only include covered areas of railway platforms and inside covered tram and bus shelters.
"Extending smoke-free areas is good news for public transport passengers and supports other government initiatives that aim to reduce the impact of tobacco and second-hand smoke on the community,” Mr Mulder said.
"Around 4,000 lives are lost each year in Victoria as a result of smoking. It costs $2.4 billion in direct health costs and lost productivity every year.
"Our initiatives will help to eliminate the unpleasant experience of exposure to second-hand smoke while waiting for a train or tram.
"Our initiatives will help eliminate what for many people is an unpleasant experience of being exposed to second-hand smoke while waiting for their train or tram," Mr Mulder said.
The fine for smoking in a smoke-free area on public transport will be $212 for adults. Fines for smoking can be issued by Authorised Officers, Protective Services Officers and police.
Signs and information at stations will help to raise public awareness of the extended smoke-free areas.
Mr Mulder said the smoking bans build on initiatives already introduced by the Victorian Coalition Government.
From 1 April 2014, Tobacco Act amendments will ban smoking at outdoor children's playground equipment, skate parks, public swimming pool complexes and sporting venues during organised underage sporting events.
For more information, visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily).