Cabbie gets town's first smoking fine

A GREAT Yarmouth taxi driver has become the first in the town to receive a £50 fixed penalty notice from the borough council's environmental health department for smoking in his vehicle.

A GREAT Yarmouth taxi driver has become the first in the town to receive a £50 fixed penalty notice from the borough council's environmental health department for smoking in his vehicle.

Under the Health Act 2006, vehicles such as taxis, buses, pool cars and trade vehicles must be smoke free to protect the health of other users.

“Smoke even second-hand can cause harmful effects to other users of the vehicle,” said environmental health's commercial team manager Kate Watts.