As part of the UK’s Red Tape Challenge a public consultation was carried out during the summer of 2011 on legislation affecting the hospitality, food and drink business sectors.
This resulted in a Government announcement on 28 September 2011 of a deregulation package comprising changes to over 60 different rules and Regulations affecting these sectors, which were considered to be unnecessarily burdensome, overly bureaucratic or simply redundant and which would be simplified, amended or abolished.
This deregulation package included the commitment to amend the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007 (the 2007 Regulations) which set out requirements for the location and design of no-smoking signs in smoke-free premises and vehicles.
The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012, which revoke and replace the Smoke-free(Signs) Regulations 2007, will come into force on Thursday 4th October. In a nutshell, these regulations state that you now need only one “no smoking” sign in any premises and this sign can be of any design and dimension.