smoking in a carThe 1st of October marked the date of new legislation coming into force, which bans drivers or passengers from smoking in a private vehicle when a person under the age of 18 is present.

Since 2007 it has been against the law to smoke in company cars, where more than one person can drive the vehicle, however this new rule extends to private vehicles. 

The law was passed by a large majority of MPs with a vote of 342 to 74 in favour back in February; however it is only now the law will come into effect. Drivers found breaking the law in England could be fined £50 and the new ruling will apply to all vehicles except for convertibles with the top down; so a sunroof, open or shut, would not alter the circumstances nor would open or closed windows.

If there is a child or someone under the age of 18 in the vehicle, then nobody can smoke in that car. If you are the driver and you let another adult smoke in such circumstances, you are committing an offence as well as the smoker.

Police and enforcement agencies can issue a warning, or they can issue a £50 fixed penalty notice or if decided they can refer the offence to a court.

These new rules do not however apply if you or someone in the car is using with an electronic cigarette.

Let us know what you think - do you support these measures and do you think they will be a success?

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