Cabbie fined £600 for smoking cigarettes in own cab

A taxi driver was handed a fine of £600 for smoking three cigarettes in her own cab.  

Helen Jones, from Newport, was told by Cwmbran magistrates to pay a £200 fine for EACH of three cigarettes she lit up in her vehicle. The driver had already notched up five fixed penalty notices for smoking. Taxis are classed similar to train stations and pubs as a smoke-free place for the public under the Health Act 2006. Jones was handed the maximum fine of £200 per offence due to the "persistent offending and her blatant disregard for the law” according to The Mirror. The driver was also ordered to pay costs meaning the total fine was £980. A spokesperson from Newport council said: “The legislation to prevent smoking in smoke-free places was introduced to protect members of the public from the harmful effects of secondhand cigarette smoke. “Officers will not tolerate breaches of the law - and repeat offenders will be dealt with robustly." 

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