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Smoking ban still confusing drivers

New research has confirmed that British drivers remain confused over the latest laws banning smoking in company vehicles.

Fleet News reported recently that van drivers were unaware of the implications of the smoking ban but studies from motoring assist group Green Flag have shown that almost a quarter of car drivers are still unaware of the law for company cars.

One in seven drivers (16%) also said they did not know they were unable to smoke in their vehicle if it was used to carry colleagues.

A spokeswoman at Green Flag said: “The apparent confusion or lack of knowledge about the new law could lead to motorists inadvertently flouting the law. In addition to the government’s generic advertising, companies must communicate with employees to ensure that all UK drivers are clear about the impact and their own responsibilities.”

However, despite many drivers claiming ignorance, the majority of those polled in a separate survey claim to agree with the ban. A study of more than 500 company car drivers by Skoda found that 64% welcomed the legislation.

Martin Burke, head of business sales at Skoda, said: “Considering how much time is spent on business car travel, it is reassuring to see that most drivers agree with the legislation.

“We feel that smoke-free cars will have clear health benefits to company car drivers and to buyers whose vehicles will be expected to reach higher residual values.”

Commercial vehicle supplier Northgate has ensured its drivers make no mistake about the ban.

The company has actively communicated with all customers to encourage compliance with the legislation and has supplied smoking information and signage to be displayed in all vehicles.

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