Farmer fined for smoking in Tractor

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has blasted a Northern Ireland council for wasting precious resources.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council issued a local farmer with a notice from the Tobacco Control Officer which claimed he was “observed” by an official smoking in a commercial vehicle capable of “carrying more than one person”.

According to the union the worker was “having a quiet smoke in his tractor, parked off the road at a filling station”.

However, the council official deemed his actions to be in breach of smoking in the workplace regulations – and the owner of the tractor, who is also a contractor, has been ordered to give the name of the person smoking, or face a fine of up to £1,000.

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