Motorists banned from smoking in their own vehicles? Italy could reform Highway Code
The Italian government is discussing new measures in the Highway Code (Il Codice della Strada – CdS). As part of the tighter regulations, an absolute smoking ban in the driver’s seat is being considered together with stricter fines for using a mobile while driving.
One of the most important of these changes is the introduction of more severe penalties for those who use a mobile phone or other devices such as a tablet, laptop or notebook that require drivers to take their hands and eyes off the road. This applies to the drivers of cars, vans and lorries.
The change provides for a 150% increase in the fines for this violation. The current range of 167 to 661 euros will be increased to 422 to 1,697 euros.
But that’s not all, because the new regulations also provide for driving license revocation for this offence. The driving license can be withdrawn from a minimum of 7 days to up to 2 months. Moreover, 5 points can be issued on one’s licence as well.
If the violation happens again within 2 years, the fine will be even higher, starting at 644 euros and rising to 2,588 euros. Recurring offences can also result in the loss of a driver’s license for a period of 1 to 3 months, plus 10 penalty points.
In addition, the amendment introduces a ban on smoking while driving, as this activity is seen as a source of distraction.
Currently, there is a partial smoking ban in vehicles in Italy which applies when minors are in the vehicle.
The date of entry into force of the new legislation is not yet known.