Several fleet managers have had problems with stubborn drivers when trying to introduce the new legislation.
Debbie Floyde, fleet manager at Emap, publisher of Fleet News, said: “It is a task-and-a-half actually getting drivers to display the stickers.
“All our company car drivers were sent stickers by our leasing company and the amount that now say they are not in receipt of them is incredible.
“Threats and educating them to the fact that they will have to pay fines if caught are the only ways of getting the message over.”
Driver education with the threat of fines can work but warning drivers about disciplinary hearings could also have the desired result.
Ann Dukanovic, fleet manager at Kaba Door Systems, said: “We have had problems with some of our drivers who felt that they didn’t need to display the no-smoking stickers.
“We printed the guidelines outlining that their van is a place of work and the sticker must be displayed.
The regional managers then called in the drivers to say they would be disciplined if stickers are not displayed.”
Councils are now starting to get tough on enforcing the smoking ban (Fleet News, July 19). An enforcement officer recently issued a £50 fine to a driver for smoking in his boss’s vehicle.
Source: Fleet managers