Driving: Smoking

Transport written question – answered on 23rd May 2007.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a ban on smoking while driving.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

There are no plans to bring forward legislation to ban smoking while driving.

Road traffic legislation already places responsibility on all drivers to have proper control of their vehicles. Any motorist who fails to do so, for whatever reason, such as smoking, eating, drinking, using a hands-free mobile phone, etc. is liable to prosecution.

Rule 126 of the current edition of the Highway Code highlights the need to concentrate and avoid distractions while driving. The proposed revised Highway Code, as laid in Parliament on 28 March 2007, proposes the addition of 'smoking' in the list of potential distractions to be avoided.

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