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Clampdown on smoking in company vehicles

Tendring District Council and Essex Police are stopping company vehicles across Essex during March in an effort to catch employees illegally having a smoke.

Anyone caught smoking in a company car or van faces a £50 fixed penalty fine or being taken to court and issued with a £200 fine and a conviction.

Council wardens and uniformed police officers are checking inside the vehicles for used ashtrays and the smell of smoke, and if they find evidence of smoking they will also alert the drivers’ bosses and employers who could also be fined.

Smoking in work vehicles was made illegal under the Health Act in 2006 which banned smoking in all vehicles used primarily for business purposes by more than one person.

Employers could face a fixed penalty notice of £200 or a maximum fine of £1,000 if convicted by a court if they have failed to display no-smoking signs in their staff vehicles.

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  • sammy law - 30/10/2012 22:31

    So why is it that workers are targeted once again by a pathetic goverment trying to fatten there own fat wallets, they let a woman or man sail on past with kids in the car and the smoke flying all around them but stop the workman on his own in a van driving behind them smoking and fine him, assholes and there laws, go get a life and look at the wider picture

  • Frances Sibbons - 08/10/2013 11:43

    Should we be doing any paperwork when catching an employee smoking along with the fine?

  • trevor - 21/01/2017 03:32

    if 50% of the population were wiped out by smoking cigs,the major concern would be loss of revenue from tobacco sales.our government don't give a f--- if we live or die folks and that sadly is fact.if only we could all quit smoking today then watch this nanny state that runs us shit itself when a pint of milk rockets to a tenner (at least) to claw back lost revenue. thank you.

  • stewart block - 13/02/2019 11:25

    one of my vans was today pulled over in Dagenham and issued straight away with a £200 fine for not displaying a no smoking sign even though the guys in the van are non smokers . Surely a warning for a first time offence would be enough . its hardly the crime of the century !! the most amazing part of this is that if they had been pulled over while smoking it would only be a £50 fine !!

  • A nonsmoker - 15/09/2019 16:56

    Working in a industry that still has a smoking culture, I have to put up with second hand smoke in vehicles on a daily basis. If I was to complain no-one would work with me. I would welcome our vehicles being pulled over. We have non smoking signs but they are ignored.

  • A nonymouse - 06/11/2019 13:09

    Totally agree. Personally I feel that smoking should be banned in ALL vehicles. My wife and daughter regularly travel in a smoker's vehicle. Although the driver doesn't smoke anymore when my daughter is in the car it still stinks of the cigarette she smoked while waiting outside the house, as well as the previous hundreds.

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