Today’s launch of the Your Freedom website in support of Nick Clegg’s great reform bill caught my imagination as it did many others. I put up my idea this morning but it took a few attempts – I guess the system they set up was somewhat overloaded. My idea is a small one:
Abolish regulation requiring no smoking signs in all public buildings
The 2007 smoking ban came with a totally unnecessary regulation that all public places must have a specific sign at the entrance. The regulation was called the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007. This included places such as churches where no-one ever smokes as well as all businesses and buildings run by volunteers.
In theory those in charge of buildings without signs can be fined Â£1,000. In practice this never happens but the regulation still exists.
The law abiding British public know that it is against the law to smoke in a public place and observe the ban diligently. These signs were unnecessary the day the ban came in to place and are unnecessary now.
Most people are happy with the ban and this suggestion is in no way meant to undermine it.
Millions of signs have to be maintained to comply with this law. A lot of businessmen and volunteers have to keep putting these signs up if they want to comply strictly with the law.