The Jakarta Post | Fri, 03/13/2009 5:18 PM
Jakarta will fully implement the smoking ban next month, giving violators the full penalty of six months imprisonment and a Rp 50 million fine, the local administration says.
Jakarta Environmental Management Board (BPLHD) head Ridwan Pandjaitan said the full implementation of the air pollution control bylaw was timely as it had been introduced to the public for almost two years.
He said the latest raid on those who some in public places was carried out on November.
“Then, we haven’t implement the full sanction for the smoking violation because it was still in an education process. Starting April, there will be serious sanctions,” Ridwan said as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.
The 2005 air pollution control bylaw prohibits smoking in all public places, including health care facilities, children's playgrounds, schools and on public transportation.
The bylaw, however, allows managers of office buildings, shopping malls or restaurants to designate smoking rooms.
Owners of businesses or smokers caught breaking the law can face up to six months in jail and a Rp 50 million fine.
The administration has also threatened to withdraw business permits.