Company vehicles, which include cars, vans and goods vehicles, used by more than one person now carry a no smoking ban for all drivers and passengers.
Single use company cars and private cars have escaped the ban.
The Government’s objectives through delivering smoke-free legislation are to:
The regulations prohibit smoking in all enclosed public spaces. Company vehicles are to be treated as ‘work places’ if they are used
by more than one employee. The following rules apply:
The regulations require any person with management responsibilities for a smoke-free vehicle to display a no smoking
sign in each enclosed compartment that can accommodate people. The no smoking signs must simply display the international
no smoking symbol in colour, and be a minimum of 70mm in diameter. The sign must be displayed in a position that is
prominently visible to a person entering the vehicle.
All Lex Autolease vehicles will be provided with a suitable window sticker to be displayed. In commercial vehicles, the no smoking
sticker forms part of the driver pack.
We would recommend that the best way for companies wanting to take total control of their company smoking policy would be to ban
smoking completely from all company cars and vehicles. Should there be any confusion surrounding the ban and which vehicles
it covers, a total ban on smoking in any company owned vehicle, whether for sole use of one person or shared, may be the simplest
option. A total ban on smoking would also ensure that vehicles are kept in better condition, which would prevent possible re-charges
when vehicles are returned.
Local councils are responsible for enforcing the new law in England. If you don’t comply with the smokefree
law, you will be committing a criminal offence. The fixed penalty notices and maximum fine for each offence are:
From 1st October 2015 it became illegal to smoke in ANY vehicle where someone under the
age of 18 years is present. The only exceptions to this law are when only one person is present
in the vehicle or if it is a convertible and the roof is in the down position.
UK smoking ban
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