More signs put up to curb ferry smokers

I refer to the letter from Ray Rudowski headlined 'Nothing done to curb illegal smokers' (South China Morning Post, March 23).

We share Mr Rudowski's concerns about smoking on board New World First Ferry's boats. Following publication of Mr Rudowski's letter, we reminded crew of the procedures and the proper etiquette required to stop people smoking on the ferries.

Under the law, passengers failing to extinguish a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe, when requested to do so by a crew member, may be required to supply their name and address and to produce proof of identity. Crew may call for police assistance if the passenger refuses to supply this information. Once we have the necessary information, we will pass the case to the Marine Department for follow-up action.

To ensure enforcement is effective, supervisors conduct frequent patrols. We have now added new signs on vessels travelling among North Point, Hunghom and Kowloon City. These signs have been placed in conspicuous locations to remind passengers that smoking on board contravenes the law and they are liable, on conviction, to a fine of $5,000.

Effective enforcement and passengers' co-operation are vital to ensure smoke-free cabins.

If Mr Rudowski has further questions, he can contact me at 2131 8123.


Corporate Communication Manager

New World First Ferry Services Ltd