The world’s most obscure smoking and driving laws

Discovercars.com analyses smoking and driving laws from around the world.

New analysis from DiscoverCars.com has found interesting smoking and driving laws from around the world. 

Singapore laws dictate that whilst smoking is allowed in private vehicles, no secondhand tobacco smoke can be expelled. 

So, if you pull up to a red light and there’s a passerby who could be affected by your cigarette light, ensure your windows are up to avoid a hefty fine.

Polish laws forbid drivers from smoking in a vehicle with passengers. If you’re driving a passenger car or truck alone, drivers are allowed to smoke behind the wheel. But, unlike many other countries, there is no age limit for these passengers. So, you cannot be legally punished for smoking in a vehicle with a minor on board.

In North Korea, drivers cannot smoke behind the wheel, but they also require all cars to be completely clean. 

It’s not just in North Korea, where drivers must ensure their vehicle is pristine. Anyone behind the wheel in Belarus can also face penalties if they drive a dirty car.

Aleksandrs Buraks at DiscoverCars.com said: “It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of being on holiday. For most travellers, the laws and policies of the country they’re exploring are the last thing on their minds. 

“Yet it’s actually really important that tourists stay up to date with these laws, if their holiday is to go off without a hitch.

“We decided to compile this list, as for many, the idea of having a cigarette whilst driving is just second nature. But, we knew that not everyone would be aware that smoking behind the wheel is actually illegal in many parts of the world.

Aways, if in doubt, put the cigarettes away until you’re out of the car. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

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