MORE than 1,500 compound notices have been issued from Jan 1 to Feb 28 of this year for smoking offences in restricted zones in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) executive director (management) Khairul Anuar Md Juri said the compounds must be paid on the spot.
"Each compound costs RM250. Failure to pay will result in a court action being taken against the offender," he said.
Khairul Anuar said this after launching the "Cigarette Smoke Free with MYSchoolBus@Wilayah" campaign at Dataran DBKL in Jalan Raja Laut on Monday (March 13).
Via the campaign, the buses were stickered with anti-smoking messages, aiming to increase awareness of associated health risks among students.
Khairul Anuar said DBKL was working with the Health Ministry to step up enforcement operations in the capital city.
He reminded that government premises, public parks, food courts and covered walkways were non-smoking zones.
Asked if there were plans to expand such areas, he said DBKL was studying the possibility of extending it to public areas in hotels.
"However, such a plan needs prior approval from the Health Ministry," he added.
Also present were Kuala Lumpur Bebas Asap Rokok (KLBAR) deputy chairman Chandrakan Patel and Klang Valley Bus Operators and Drivers Association chairman Fauzi Murad.