Motorists are being warned they could face a £2500 fine, 9 points or even lose their licence if caught vaping behind the wheel.

Police have issued an e-cigarette warning to motorists, claiming they may be prosecuted for driving without “due care and attention”.

Drivers not in full control of their vehicles could receive 9 points on their licence and a fine of £2,500.

The RAC said vaping on the road could result in the same penalties as drivers using a phone while driving.

Sergeant Carl Knapp of Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said that drivers could face accidents as a result of vaping at the wheel.

He said: “There are no laws prohibiting vaping. However, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times.

“The consequences can be dire. All it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash or a fatality.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Transport added “We believe that drivers should always follow the rules set out by the highway code and must always exercise proper control of their vehicle and avoid any distractions, including vaping.”

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