Both driver and smoker could be fined £50 in new smoking law
Any driver in England and Wales could be fined £50, as could the smoker themselves, if there is anyone aged under 18 present, the government revealed in an update on the new law
Any driver in England and Wales could be fined £50, as could the smoker themselves, if there is anyone aged under 18 present, the government revealed in an update on the new law.
From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) in order to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
More than 430,000 children are exposed to second hand smoke in cars each week, according to the British Lung Foundation.
The law also applies to those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and on their own in the car.
Every time a child breathes in second hand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals that put them at risk of conditions including meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make asthma worse.
The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof and still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if the smoker sits in the open doorway of a stationary vehicle.
The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.
The regulations were passed in the Commons earlier this year, after 342 MPs voted in favour of legislation while just 74 voted against.