Vaping has gained significant traction worldwide as a supposedly safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. Australia, known for its strict laws regarding nicotine and its use, hasn't stayed behind when it comes to regulating the use of e-cigarettes, especially on the road.


It's not unusual to see drivers producing dense clouds from their vape devices while cruising the streets of Sydney or Melbourne. But have you ever paused to think about the legal implications of such an act?


International Drivers Association explores why vaping in your car could land you a hefty fine in Australia and the importance of staying informed.


Impaired Vision Can Equal Careless Driving


When you exhale a substantial cloud from your vape device inside a car, it can momentarily obscure your vision. This momentary blindness, especially when driving, can be equated to careless or even dangerous driving. If a police officer notices this act, they may pull you over for compromised driving, which can lead to a considerable fine.


Vaping Distractions = Distracted Driving


Using your vaping device requires manual manipulation: refilling the juice, adjusting the settings, or even just taking a pull. Any of these actions can be distracting. Distracted driving is a significant concern for road safety authorities. If you're caught vaping or handling your e-cigarette while driving, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention.


Potential for Toxic Chemical Exposure


While this doesn't directly relate to a fine, it's crucial for drivers to understand the risks associated with vaping inside a confined space. Chemicals like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein can form when vape juice is heated and vaporized. Frequently inhaling these in a closed space might pose health risks.


State-Specific Regulations


Laws surrounding vaping and e-cigarettes can vary widely across Australian states and territories. While no state has explicitly banned vaping while driving, any action that impairs a driver's ability can be grounds for a penalty. So, irrespective of where you are in Australia, it's wise to familiarize yourself with local regulations concerning vaping, especially when behind the wheel.

Setting an Example

Driving serves as a public act, and when on the road, one should aim to set a good example for others, especially younger drivers. Vaping, though considered by many to be less harmful than smoking, is still a controversial topic. By avoiding vaping while driving, not only do you reduce the risk of fines and potential accidents, but you also set a positive example for others on the road.


Motoring Expert, Michael Bisson says:


While vaping might seem harmless, especially compared to smoking, it's essential to be cognizant of its effects and implications while driving. For the sake of safety, clarity, and potentially your wallet, it's best to refrain from vaping in your car. Always prioritize road safety and remember, it's not just about you, but also about others sharing the road with you.