As of Thursday this week (1st October), it will be illegal to smoke in a car where any child under the age of 18 is present. This measure was voted for overwhelmingly by politicians in February of this year, and will become enforceable in two days’ time.
And winding down windows won’t be viewed as an acceptable way around the new legislation, though doubts have been expressed as to how the new law will be enforced.
Adults who get caught smoking in a car with a minor present could face an on the spot £50 fine, whilst allowing a passenger to light up could lead to being fined twice.
The new measures fall under the Smoke-Free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 – which were enacted under the Children And Families Act 2014 and which amended the Health Act 2006.
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A very big thank you to the lovely Alison Burge over at Pump Court Chambers for confirming the name of the new piece of legislation holding the measures relating to the smoking ban.