Police wage war against smoking at the wheel

Police and Council Wardens in Essex are to set up roadblocks to carry out random inspections across the country to find evidence for cigarette use behind the wheel.

Workers were banned from smoking in company cars as part of the 2006 Health Act. The Act made it illegal to smoke in all vehicles used for a business purpose by more than one person.

Anyone caught breaking the ban can expect a £50 fixed penalty or a court conviction and fine of £200.

Chris Kitchen, of Tendring District Council in Essex said: ‘Police together with council officers will be stopping business vehicles and public transport vehicles on the highway.

‘We have noticed that people are smoking in commercial vehicles where in fact it's banned and we will be looking for evidence that people have been smoking.

He added: ‘We will be looking for ashtrays and whether the vehicle smells of smoke.’

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