Aren’t phones sup­posed to be turned off at the pump?

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

Re­cently there has been an ad­vert play­ing on ra­dio for the new beam tech­nol­ogy for smart­phones. New tech­nol­ogy makes ev­ery­one’s life eas­ier, how­ever this par­tic­u­lar ad­vert sug­gests the ben­e­fit is that you can stay cool in your car and pay for your petrol us­ing your mo­bile from the com­fort of your car seat. Last year, a video went vi­ral show­ing a ve­hi­cle catch fire on a petrol sta­tion fore­court, thank­fully the pas­sen­gers es­caped with­out harm. When I last looked when fill­ing a car with fuel it is still a re­quire­ment to turn off the en­gine, and there­fore the a/c and sec­ondly, all petrol sta­tions have signs stat­ing mo­biles must not be used due to the fire risk. Is it right to openly pro­mote be­hav­iour that goes against all the health and safety ad­vice be­ing given? Would be in­ter­est­ing to see both pub­lic opin­ion and the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. Can con­ve­nience ever jus­tify putting the lives of ev­ery­one on a fore­court in dan­ger? Anony­mous Dubai

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