Published: Friday, 20th December 2019

A man has been ordered to pay more than £500 for failing to pay a fine for smoking in a work vehicle.

Bobby Eastwood, of Ropers Green Lane, High Halstow, was witnessed smoking in a flatbed truck in Rainham in May 2019. He was pulled over and the 38-year-old was issued a fixed penalty notice for smoking in a smokefree vehicle.

The vehicle was one of 17 which were stopped as part of an operation carried out by Medway Council’s environmental enforcement team and Kent Police, which is designed to disrupt and prosecute those involved in fly-tipping.

Eastwood failed to pay the fixed penalty notice and was summoned to Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 17 December.

He failed to attend and the case was proved in his absence.

Magistrates fined Eastwood £200 and ordered him to pay £300 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, totalling £530.

Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health, said: “Not only is smoking inside a work vehicle illegal but it is also inconsiderate of those you may be travelling with. More than 80 per cent of second hand smoke is invisible and contains more than 4,000 harmful chemicals. Our A Better Medway service offers lots of specialist support to those who are looking to stub out the habit and we would encourage residents to find out more.”

Medway Council’s A Better Medway team provides free support and advice to residents who want to quit smoking. This includes one-to-one specialist support, online support, a free quit smoking app and a text to quit messaging service. The digital services aim to help residents with busy lifestyles quit smoking at any time and in any place.

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