Smoking in a car while a child is present will be illegal from today under new government legislation.
New law on smoking in cars and other vehicles with someone under 18.
As from today ( Thursday 1st October 2015) it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. If you are the driver and the smoker, you could be fined twice
The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence
The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car
The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof
It still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle
The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down
Motorhomes and caravans are also covered by the new law: although it will be illegal to smoke inside when used as a vehicle, the law allows smoking inside when used as living quarters.