Vaping and Driving: Is it Legal?

Vaping and Driving: Is it Legal?

Stay out of trouble by keeping the air clean in your car.

20 September 2023 | Hannah Rubery

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Did you know that smoking while driving is clearly regulated, but vaping in the car is not? Laws against smoking in vehicles are there to prevent fire hazards and protect passengers from second-hand smoke. However, when it comes to vaping, it's a bit of a legal grey area. There's no specific law against driving while vaping, but that doesn't mean there aren't any potential legal consequences. Stay informed and vape responsibly!

Little known rule could hit vaping drivers with a fine

Did you know that in the UK, if you're caught vaping while driving, you could get hit with a £100 fine and 3 points on your license? Crazy, right? But it's not just about the money and points. Vaping behind the wheel can be really distracting and obstruct your vision. Even a simple puff could have serious consequences.

And if you were to get into an accident because of it, things get even more serious. You could face a whopping £5000 fine and 9 points on your license. Yikes! So, remember, even though it's not explicitly illegal, vaping in the car can have some really severe consequences.

What are the regulations for vaping while driving?

It's important to understand that existing traffic laws can still apply to vaping drivers. This means that if your E-Cigarette use affects your driving and puts others at risk, you could face legal consequences. So even though there isn't a direct ban on vaping while driving, it's crucial to ensure that it doesn't negatively impact your ability to drive safely.

Vaping as a Passenger: What Should You Know?

Did you know that it's actually legal for passengers to vape in the car? But there's a catch: you have to be careful about it. When there's a lot of vape in the air, it can make it hard for the driver to see, and that could cause an accident. So, before we hit the road, let's have a little chat about vaping.

Here's a tip for all you vaping passengers: try keeping the windows down. This way, the vape clouds won't hang around and mess with the driver's visibility. Oh, and remember, some people might not like the smell or sight of the vapour, so let's be considerate and make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe in the car. Because at the end of the day, our main focus should always be having a journey that's free from distractions and safe for everyone.

How to avoid a fine or worse

Avoid hefty fines and penalty points by using some common sense. Don't vape while driving if it's going to distract you or block your view. If you really need to vape, pull over somewhere safe first.

While we don’t recommend vaping behind the wheel, if you absolutely can't resist vaping, opt for devices that produce less vapour. This reduces the distraction and visibility issues usually associated with vaping. The goal is to always have full control of your vehicle and not be impaired or distracted while driving.

Just remember, there's no specific law against vaping in the car. However, it's crucial to make sure your actions don't lead to unsafe or distracted driving. Stay on the right side of the law.