Whitehorse | Yukon

Bylaw 2015-19, A bylaw to permit, license, and regulate the owners and operators of vehicles for hire in the City of Whitehorse

The bylaw prohibits drivers from smoking in or within 5 meters of a Vehicle for Hire or allowing tobacco products such as ashes, cigarettes, or cigars to remain in a Vehicle for Hire.  Drivers will also not have to accept customers who insist on smoking or persist in smoking in the Vehicle for Hire. The broad definition of smoking includes the use of other weeds and substances.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances


“SMOKE” means to [sic] the act of inhaling a tobacco or other like substance or allowing tobacco or other like substance to burn or dispense smoke.

Policy Analysis

This bylaw sets a precedent in Canada for prohibiting smoking by the driver within 5 m of vehicle for hire. This does not fit the criteria to be a leading edge bylaw, but it is a novel approach.

Date Passed: July 13, 2015

Date in Force: July 13, 2015

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: No

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

Supporting Information

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Contact: (867) 667-6401

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