How Bad Can The Nanny State Get?

Trevor Emery who was slapped with a £200 fine for failing to display a No Smoking sticker in his own vehicle - despite not being a smoker. See National copy NNSMOKE: A bemused van driver was slapped with a £200 fine for failing to display a No Smoking sticker in his own vehicle - despite not being a smoker. Trevor Emery and his son Lee, who also does not smoke, were fined four times more than if they had actually been caught smoking in the van, because it is used for Trevor's appliance repair business. The washing machine repairer was left bewildered by the little known law, which makes it compulsory to display a No Smoking sticker in a work van. Trevor, 70, was travelling to a job in Canterbury, Kent, when he was slapped with the penalty by a city council warden.

In England Trevor Emery age 70 and his son, both non-smokers were fined for not having a no-smoking sticker up in their work van.  The fine they paid was four times what they would have been fined if they had been caught smoking in their own vehicle.