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RISK OF FINE: TfL warn smoking and e-cigarettes are not allowed in taxis and PHVs at any time

Transport for London (TfL) has reiterated its stance on smoking and e-cigarettes in taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), reminding drivers and passengers that it's prohibited.

A spokesperson confirmed via social media that all licensed vehicles must display no smoking signs. Both drivers and passengers risk a £50 fixed penalty notice or a £200 court fine should they choose to light up.

TfL's policy, established through discussions with taxi and private hire trade representatives, addresses concerns that some private hire drivers are flouting the law. It’s illegal to smoke in most enclosed public places, workplaces, and work vehicles, including taxis and PHVs. This applies even when the vehicle isn't in service.

Both drivers and passengers face penalties if caught smoking in a licensed taxi or PHV, with fines reaching up to £200 if prosecuted and convicted.

The policy also covers electronic cigarettes and vape sticks. TfL's No-Smoking Policy extends to all rail, underground, and bus services, as well as taxis and private hire services.

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson said via social media: “Smoking and e-cigarettes are not allowed in taxis and PHVs at any time. Licensed vehicles must display no smoking signs.

“Drivers or passengers smoking in a licensed PHV/taxi may be subject to £50 fixed penalty notice or £200 court fine.“


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