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.