Roadblocks set up to catch drivers smoking

#2
"We will be looking for ashtrays and whether the vehicle smells of smoke."
Are they also going to take samples, to see if the driver, is also the relevant smoker?
 
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#3
If you were to stand outside your vehicle, have a cigarette, and jump straight in, you're not breaking the law, but it would "smell" as though you had been. What a farce!
 
#4
If you were to stand outside your vehicle, have a cigarette, and jump straight in, you're not breaking the law, but it would "smell" as though you had been. What a farce!
Exactly! I don't even smoke and see this as completely absurd!
 
#5
If you were to stand outside your vehicle, have a cigarette, and jump straight in, you're not breaking the law, but it would "smell" as though you had been. What a farce!
Even more so if you were parked up in a layby having a coffee and a smoke in your vehicle to avoid the rain
 
#6
Well if they're going after the smokers it leaves us drinkers some lea way. Hic!
 
#7
This is hilarious, maybe somebody should tell the Padre here as he likes to puff away to his hearts content while driving his Military car.
 
#8
This is very good news for:

Rapists; Paedophiles; Burglars; Muggers; Fraudsters; Pick-Pockets; Illegal Immigrants and all other malefactors.

I thought all this sort on nonsense was going to be binned when we got rid of the failed oaf Brown's inept apology for a government: apparently not!
 
#10
#11
Even more so if you were parked up in a layby having a coffee and a smoke in your vehicle to avoid the rain
Not so I'm afraid. Its an offence to smoke in a company vehicle even when its parked up. The issue is health, not distraction whilst driving.
 

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#12
More importantly, how will they tell the difference between a company car, and a private vehicle that is occasionally used for business?
 

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#13
Is this really the best use of police time? I don't think so, especially in the light of potential cuts.

If this is a major issue for vehicles used as work vehicles - then leave the 'policing' of this to employers in exactly the same way as offices are. I don't see police walking into factories/offices to check if the law is being carried out.
 
#14
Even more so if you were parked up in a layby having a coffee and a smoke in your vehicle to avoid the rain
I'm not sure you grasped the point of the article, it's a council scheme aimed at stopping anyone smoking inside company vehicles, it's not aimed at any old driver smoking in his own car.

In any case, the "enforcement" of this isn't really an issue... from the article:

"We will use the month of March to carry out inspections, offer advice and generally try and make sure people are aware of and compliant with the legislation.

This is primarily about raising awareness"

Bit of a non story really.
 
#15
They've got to find something to do for nosey bastard council employees, to justify their continued employment, since they can't covertly follow and film parents taking their children to the "wrong" school anymore.
 
#16
More importantly, how will they tell the difference between a company car, and a private vehicle that is occasionally used for business?
They dont need to. If you're driving on business, even in your own vehicle, you are subject to your company's driving policy which states that you must not smoke in the workplace, which in this instance means your car.
 
#18
They dont need to. If you're driving on business, even in your own vehicle, you are subject to your company's driving policy which states that you must not smoke in the workplace, which in this instance means your car.
To this, you state that as it's your statutory break (unpaid) and are now on private business, that has nothing to do with company time.
 
#19
They dont need to. If you're driving on business, even in your own vehicle, you are subject to your company's driving policy which states that you must not smoke in the workplace, which in this instance means your car.
FFS Britain's gone nuts.
Or are they banned as well, not just on the M4 in 'Liz's fragrant.......

....off to get a TukTuk down to the company smoker in Pat Pong
 
#20
The give away here is the words Council Wardens and Essex Police (aka PCSO's).

There soon won't be any coppers around to set up a roadblock in a cul de sac.
 

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