Jul 7, 2009

18 By-law, for whom?

It is prohibited to smoke on TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) property. No smoking signs can be seen everywhere, spread across the walls on the bus platforms, on the lower levels where you board the trains, on buses, streetcars, trains along with the by-law and fine ($1000.00). It’s a virtual proliferation of warnings heeding passengers to not light up to obey the law. I have seen people reprimanded, written up by the police, escorted off the property while the worst perpetrators/offenders of the law are the TTC employees themselves. On any given day at the subway stations some employees can be seen lighting up, smoking their cigarettes happily puff, puff, puff, puffing away sucking on the cancer stick either individually or in pairs while the General Public (GP) smokers are vehemently chastised and penalized for doing the same.

TTC By-law No. 1

Public Notice

3. Conduct on Transit System

3.32 “No person shall smoke in or on TTC property or carry a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, other tobacco product, or any other lighted smoking equipment or material while in or on TTC property”.

4. Penalties and Enforcement

4.1 Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law may be removed from the transit system and TTC property and may have any fare media confiscated by the TTC.

4.2 Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction is liable to a fine as provided for in the Provincial Offences Act.

4.3 The provisions of this by-law may be enforced by a proper authority as defined in this by-law

The forgoing restated By-law No. 1 is hereby consented to and passed by the Commissioners of the TTC, this 21st day of January, 2009, pursuant to Subsections 143 and 366 of the City of Toronto Act.

Does the no smoking signs and laws on TTC property not apply its employees?

Are the TTC staff automatically exempt of penalty for not abiding by the TTC By-law and held to a different standard?

Are "WE" the general public to assume that TTC employees are not liable for lighting up on TTC property?

If the employees are seemingly exempt for disobeying these said by-laws does it then not stand to reason that the implication may be that the cigarette butts and cigarettes paraphernalia belong to the general public (GP)?

Is the maintenance of our transit system not our collective responsibility?

Why would the general public be motivated to up hold and abide by the law when some of the very ones employed by those that enforce the law, behave as if they don't give a damn about the law, respect it or care to follow it. Should they not be the good example?

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