Tunbridge Wells Council decision on whether to ban taxi drivers from vaping in their vehicles has been put on ice.
Council chiefs have decided to hold off until they can ask the public for their views.
The licensing committee at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council unanimously voted to consult people on the matter of e-cigarettes and vaping in hackney carriage and private hire vehicles
It will be part of an already planned Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy review scheduled for later this year or next.
Licensing committee chairman Bob Backhouse told the Courier: "Further to complaints from members of the public concerning taxi drivers who have vaped while driving, I was asked 'is this illegal?' 'Is this against taxi regulations?' We discovered we only had a policy that stops smoking in taxis and obviously in the light of the widespread growth of vaping this needs to be amended."
He added: "Owing to the fact that we were about to make a public consultation with taxi drivers and members of the public, the licensing committee thought it best to incorporate this issue in that consultation. At the meeting councillors agreed that for people with asthma or other breathing difficulties it was considered anti-social for anyone to vape in a taxi, drivers or passengers."
EDITORIAL COMMENT (GC):
There are many establishments in and around the capital that have banned vaping on their premises. Restaraunts, bars, clubs, cafes and pubs have banned puffing on the e-pipes as some customers have complained about the sweet sickly smell associated with the device. Drivers and customers in London taxis and minicabs are currently banned from smoking in vehicles where passengers are carried for hire and reward. We have also been informed by TfL that drivers should not vape while driving. Should this be a legally binding ban, extended all e-cigarettes users in the vehicle?
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