Be prepared to pay $200 fine if you smoke in a multi storey car park

1414 shared a picture of a fine issued to a person for smoking in a covered area of a multi-storey car park (MSCP). In the notice to attend court issued on 28 March at 9.24am, the offender was offered $200 fine to compound the notice. The incident happened at the MSCP in Block 267, Punggol Field.

According to the Facebook page, NEA enforcement officers in plain clothes are dishing out the fines to smokers who are not aware of the legislation which recently came into effect. He would not have incurred the fine if he had smoked in the uncovered areas of the top of the MSCP.
According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), it is an offence for a person to smoke in non-smoking areas listed under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act. The current list of places where smoking is prohibited is given below:

  • Omnibuses
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Lifts
  • Amusement centres
  • Hospitals (indoor), maternity homes, medical clinics and nursing homes
  • Indoor areas of fast-food outlets
  • Indoor ice-skating rinks, roller skating rinks and roller discotheques
  • Selected air-conditioned departmental stores, mini-supermarkets, supermarkets, air-conditioned restaurants
  • Public libraries, museums and art galleries
  • Convention halls or multi-purpose halls used for meetings or exhibitions
  • Indoor sports arena including bowling alleys, billiard saloons, gymnasiums and fitness centres
  • Private buses, private hire buses, school buses and taxis
  • Air-conditioned hair-dressing saloons and barber shops
  • Banks
  • The Supreme Court, Subordinate Courts and Small Claims Tribunals
  • Air-conditioned offices, factory floors and enclosed or air-con common areas of private residential premises
  • Changi Airport terminal buildings (air-conditioned area)
  • Air-conditioned shopping centres, underground pedestrian walkways
  • Queues in public places
  • Selected air-con areas/facilities in private clubs
  • Schools, polytechnics, junior colleges and Institutes of Technical Education, enclosed or air-con areas in universities
  • Air-conditioned shops
  • Public toilets
  • Bus shelters and bus interchanges
  • Swimming pools and stadiums
  • Community centres/clubs
  • Hawker centres
  • Non air-conditioned foodshops
  • Entertainment outlets such as pubs, bars, discos and lounges
  • Non air-conditioned shops, shopping complexes, office premises and factories
  • Lift lobbies and hotel lobbies
  • Markets
  • Multi-storey and basement carparks
  • Ferry terminals
  • Entrance or exits to indoor areas of buildings and facilities where smoking is prohibited (within 5 metres of the entrances or exits)
  • Playgrounds and exercise areas
  • Common areas in residential buildings (common corridors, stairwells, staircase landings, void decks)
  • Sheltered walkways, linkways and covered drop-off points
  • Pedestrian overhead bridges
  • Hospital outdoor compounds
  • Any area within a 5-meter radius from bus shelters
  • Reservoirs
  • Parks under the purview of JTC Corporation
  • Parks in public housing estates managed by respective Town Councils
  • Premises occupied by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

The following are areas where smoking is generally allowed:

  • Beaches
  • Residential Homes
  • Private vehicles (e.g. car), excluding private buses
    Open space in residential estates
  • Open public spaces (e.g. Marina Promenade)
  • Open space in town centres
  • Surface carparks
  • Uncovered areas of the top of multi-storey carparks
  • Uncovered walkways
  • Vacant land
  • Designated smoking areas at smoking prohibited places, including: Approved smoking rooms at entertainment outlets and approved smoking corners at outdoor refreshment areas of food establishments