SMOKING BAN IN CARS WITH CHILDREN

It is illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicle) with anyone under 18. The law changed on 1 October 2015, to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence.

The law applies:

  • to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof
  • when people have the windows or sunroof open, or the air conditioning on
  • when someone sits smoking in the open doorway of a vehicle

The law does not apply to:

  • e-cigarettes (vaping)
  • a driver who is 17 years old if they are on their own in the car
  • a convertible car with the roof completely down

What I don’t understand is why smokers are up in arms about this.  There are many people who say they are not going to comply with this new law and lets be honest, the police are still not enforcing the lane hogging or tailgating fines that they brought in so the chances that people will actually get stopped is very slim.  If I was ever lucky enough to be a parent I would not smoke around my children.  Common sense tells you that you are risking their lives for no good reason other than YOU are stubborn.

Either switch to e cigarettes or buy a convertible and smoke with the top down if you really cant drive without smoking.

I myself am a smoker and although I do smoke in my car, I do not smoke when my partner or mother are in my car, but then I am not as selfish as some I guess.

I would love to hear your views on this, all relevant comments will be published.

 

Porsche reveals Carrera 4 and Targa 4 turbo models

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Porsche’s new 3.0-litre bi-turbo engine range has now been extended to the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Targa 4, with prices starting from £81,398.

Producing 370hp in base guise and 420hp as the Carrera 4S and Targa 4S, the 20hp power boost over today’s 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre cars is combined with a drop in fuel consumption of up to 12%.

2016 Porsche Carrera arrives – and it’s turbocharged

That equates to combined economy of up to 36mpg.

The new engine doesn’t come for free though: the new price of the base Carrera 4 represents just under a 4% increase.

Buyers shouldn’t mind too much though – for the first time, all-wheel drive 911 Carreras now accelerate from 0-62mph more quickly than the rear-wheel drive cars.

They’re much quicker than the non-turbo cars too – the Carrera 4 with PDK and Sport Chrono is 0.4 seconds faster to 62mph and the S is 0.3 seconds faster: it does the benchmark time in just 3.8 seconds.

Porsche Carrera 4 and Targa 4 turbo

Porsche’s also given the new all-wheel drive a small extra visual identifier over the rear-drive cars: the light strip between the rear lights has a new 3D design, further enhancing the 44mm-wider rear wings.

As with other revised turbo 911s, there are headlights with four-point daytime running lights, recess-free doorhandles and new rear lights. The louvres on the rear lid are new too.

Inside, the PCM infotainment system has been improved and is standard on all, incorporating new features such as multi-touch.

Porsche says around one in three 911 buyers go all-wheel drive so the faster new 4 models will be popular in dealers: they’re available to order there now, with deliveries starting in early 2016. Perfect to still catch the worst of the wintry weather.

Volkswagen emissions scandal: what happens next?

I have been trying to avoid it but I guess we have to go there…. The VW emissions scandal affects hundreds of thousands of people in other countries as well as here.  What I don’t understand is how on earth such an iconic company can just choose to flush themselves down the toilet like this.

I would love to hear from you if this news has affected you.

Tell us your story and we will publish all!

 Which vehicles are affected?

Volkswagen Group has announced that 1.2m cars and commercial vehicles will be recalled in the UK as a result of the diesel engine emissions scandal.

This includes:

Volkswagen – 508,276

Audi – 393,450

Seat – 76,773

Škoda – 131,569

Volkswagen cars and other commercial vehicles – 79,838

Which engines are involved?

Anyone with a EA189 engine, which to most buyers means 1.2 litre, 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre diesel engines. The affected vehicles were sold between roughly 2009 and 2014. This include Golfs, Passats, Škoda Octavias and Fabias, plus a host of Audis.

What about other models?

All petrol models, as well as V6 TDI and V8 TDI diesel engined vehicles, are unaffected.

I have got one of those cars – what happens next?

The VW Group is giving few details on how and when this will happen, except to say it is working behind the scenes on which owners need to be told. Recalls are managed by the government’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. VW will be contacting DVSA with a list of cars that are affected. DVSA then identifies each car’s registered keeper and will write to them. It does so on VW’s behalf because many of the affected cars will have been bought second hand, or are leased.

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When can I expect a letter?

Again, VW isn’t saying, but previously large recalls of this type have taken the DVSA six weeks to start producing letters. The agency has just managed a major recall of other cars prompted by air bag problems. In that instance, it took six weeks before the first letters were sent out. Expect the same now from VW.

Is my car safe to drive in the meantime?

Yes. VW says all the affected vehicles remain technically safe and roadworthy. It is only the car’s emissions that are affected.

What is the likely work, and how long will it take?

VW remains tight-lipped. All it would say is that it aims to “present technical solutions and measures to relevant responsible authorities” before the end of October. The Guardian understands that vehicles will most likely require a software upgrade, in which case the car will only be off the road for a matter of hours. But if more serious work is required, it would likely to be at least a day, possibly longer. Given that 1.2m cars have been recalled across the group, this is likely to take many months – well into 2016 – to resolve.

Will I get a replacement car while mine is being worked on?

The Consumer group Which? says drivers should be entitled to one. However, the huge number of recalls may make that next to impossible – but if you need one, you should demand one.

What will be the likely impact of the work?

VW will desperately be hoping that the affected cars will continue to perform as drivers expect after the upgrade work is carried out. However, if the car performance, emissions or fuel consumption deteriorates substantially, lawyers will be queuing up to bring claims against the manufacturer.

I’ve just bought a new VW Group car. Is that affected?

No. Cars with the latest Euro 6 engines – those typically bought in 2015 – are not thought to be affected.