A shop owner has received a £200 for not displaying a no smoking sign in his company van! The driver is the only person to use the van and is a non smoker. He was stopped at a police checkpoint designed to catch work vehicles that contravene the new law! The Shop/van owner had not received the guidelines and stickers that were supposedly supposed to have been sent out by the responsible authority for doing this, nor had shops next door to him received any also. He has signs in his shop but was unaware that he had to have them in the company van, nor were the other shop owners. I’m glad to see that my tax is being well spent on catching these criminals, not! For heavens sake, we have kids being killed by gun carrying drug gangs but all the police can do is stop and fine people for going about their business just because they did not display a sticker in their van. What imbecile ordered this crackdown on criminal activity I wonder! Meanwhile these gunmen are still at large on our streets because the police are to busy catching criminals who don’t display a no smoking sign in a works vehicle.
If it actually came to court then the Public Prosecution Service or whatever they are called have a lot to answer for. I just hope that the magistrate or whoever had the sense to through the case out and award costs to the shop owner.
Personally I would have liked to see cigarette smoking whilst driving being the same as use of mobiles. Having seen the effect on a driver who dropped the cig onto his own lap, the ensuing accident was terrible.