According to research from car breakdown insurance specialist Green Flag reveals that 23% of Brits did not realise motorists who share a work vehicle would no longer be able to light up while on the road when the new law came into effect on 1 July 2007.
Of motorists who share a vehicle with fellow workers or other members of the public, 16% were not aware that they would be banned from smoking in their car or van even if they’re the only one in the vehicle at the time.
Green Flag issued no-smoking stickers to be placed in each recovery vehicle and wrote to its network of thousands of breakdown recovery drivers with details of how the new legislation was to affect them. The no-smoking signs are now prominently displayed in all drivers’ breakdown recovery vehicles to ensure both members and recovery vehicle drivers are aware of the new regulations.
Despite 99% of Brits having been aware of the impending clamp-down, confusion was rife about where the new rules apply. Especially when it came to workplaces and work vehicles as 16% of Brits did not realise the smoking ban would affect smoking in their workplace. Whilst 95% of Brits knew the ban meant an end to smoking in bars and pubs, 14% were not aware smoking would no longer be allowed in restaurants.
The ban may have had an impact among Britain’s large amount of employed drivers, as 33% of motorists who share a work vehicle with other people say they would either quit smoking completely or smoke fewer cigarettes once the ban came into force.
12% of smokers overall said they intended to quit smoking altogether. 57% of those who planned to cut down felt the ban was likely to encourage them to stop smoking in the near future.
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