Vapers are reminded that if they are involved in an accident caused by a plume of vapour, their insurance will likely not cover any damage or injuries sustained in the crash.
In March 2020, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Nick Lloyd, explained that while vaping isn’t illegal, drivers who are caught driving whilst vaping may be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. “Although it is not currently prohibited in law, drivers choosing to vape while on the road is a growing and concerning trend. If using an electronic cigarette whilst driving causes a motorist to become involved in a collision, then the activity could be considered careless driving – which is an offence.”

He pointed out that just like a sun glare, vape clouds can produce visual impairments which could potentially lead to fatal accidents. To this effect, if law enforcers catch anyone vaping and believe that the clouds of smoke are impacting drivers’ ability to drive safely, they may issue a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points. While in more serious cases or those contested in court, the fine may go up to £5,000, incur nine penalty points and even a court-imposed driving ban.

Only 1 in 10 vapers said they vape while driving

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by GoSmokeFree.co.uk found that the vast majority of vapers would not vape and drive, with only 1 in 10 (11%) said they do vape while driving. This minority is reminded that if they are involved in an accident caused by a plume of vapour, their insurance will likely not cover any damage or injuries sustained in the crash. “If using an electronic cigarette whilst driving causes a motorist to become involved in a collision, then the activity could be considered careless driving – which is an offence,” said Lloyd.

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