Bloody Smoking Ban

In England (and Wales I believe): If the vehicle is EVER used as a workplace by anyone except a single named person, even if there’s only one person at a time in the vehicle, then it’s a smoke-free vehicle.

So if it’s your own vehicle and no-one else EVER drives it for work or sits in it for work then you can smoke in it.

The thick b******s that drafted the legislation put in an exemption to allow you to smoke in your house if people come to repair it but don’t seem to have added the same exemption for vehicles. So in theory your van will be smoke-free if anyone else (RAC, Police, mechanic) has to ever use it as their workplace. That situation will probably be refined by an expensive House of Lords appeal at some time in the future.

In Scotland your van is smoke-free even if no-one else is allowed access to it.

Posted under Employment

Posted by Alec at 7:37 pm, July 11, 2007

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  1. Alec added on  July 12th, 2007 at 14:29

    That’s just wrong Keith. There are plenty of situations where your van could be insured for more than one driver and not be classed as ‘smoke-free’ and there are plenty of situations where a van insured for only one driver COULD be classed as smoke-free.

    I don’t think the Police have any rights to fine you or to enforce the ban anyway; I think the local council are the only body with enforcement rights.

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