You could be fined and lose your licence for vaping while driving, police warn

You could be fined and lose your licence for vaping while driving, police warn
You could be fined and lose your licence for vaping while driving, police warn

Drivers could be fined thousands of pounds and face losing their licence if they use e-cigarettes while behind the wheel, and the clouds of vapour obscure their vision, police have warned.

While vaping while on the road is not technically illegal, motorists who are distracted by the smoke from e-cigarettes may be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.

‘Potential of severe consequences’

Police have said that vaping while behind the wheel could potentially result in fatal crashes, due to the excessive amount of smoke produced from e-cigarettes, momentarily blinding drivers.

The fresh warning comes after figures released in February last year revealed more than three million people in the UK now use e-cigarettes, many of them while they are driving.

Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Road Policing Unit previously warned, “I strongly advise people to pay 100 per cent attention to the roads when driving, as anything that takes that attention away has the potential of severe consequences.

“If you are going to vape I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, just ensure you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.”

Avoid distractions

The smoke clouds produced from e-cigarettes could cause drivers a similar visual impairment to glare from the sun, which may cause distraction and result in fatal incidents.

Drivers could land up to nine points on their licence and a £2,500 fine if they are not in full control of their vehicle (Photo: Shutterstock)
Drivers could land up to nine points on their licence and a £2,500 fine if they are not in full control of their vehicle (Photo: Shutterstock)

Drivers who are found not to be in full control of their vehicle at all times could be landed with up to nine points on their licence and a £2,500 fine.

A spokeswoman for Brake, the UK road safety charity, said, “Vaping while driving increases your risk of crashing, causing visual disruption and physical and mental distraction.

“Attempting any type of activity that takes your eyes off the road increases your chances of causing a crash, and killing or seriously injuring someone.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Transport added, “We believe that drivers should always follow the rules set out by the highway code and must always exercise proper control of their vehicle and avoid any distractions, including vaping.”

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