From today (1 October), smoking in cars with children as passengers is banned. Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50 if caught in a car with another under 18 years of age.
The new rules apply in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving license. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 and on their own in the car.
The law applies to any private vehicle that is wholly or partly enclosed. Open windows, sunroofs, doors or running air conditioning do not get an exemption, but fully open convertibles do.
The changes are intended to protect children from secondhand smoke, which can cause meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and can make asthma worse.
Though the ban has been welcomed, there has been concern that it will be difficult to enforce as it relies on offenders being caught in the act. That’s difficult when the number officers on patrol, both on foot and in cars, is in deep decline.
By Only Motors