Authorities ban smoking in taxis and buses in Kurdistan Region

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Ministry of Transport and Communications has banned smoking cigarettes in taxis and buses.

The ministry said in a statement on Monday (December 9) that the decision was made in order to adhere to guidelines from the World Health Organization about smoking in public places. The ban applies to both drivers and passengers.

Additionally, the drivers will only be allowed to play the radio with the consent of their passengers.

“The taxi drivers are free to have the radio on when there are no passengers in the vehicle,” the ministry added.

Fines would be issued by the Ministry of Interior and the traffic police if violations occur.

(NRT Digital Media)