If you smoke whilst you have Under 18's in your car then you could receive a £50 fine!

From the 1st of October 2015, anyone caught smoking in their vehicle (whether they are a passenger or driver) whilst having under 18's present will receive a £50 fine. It doesn't matter whether the windows are open or not, or the engine is on or off the fine will still apply. Apparently the only exception is if the driver is in a convertible car with the roof off. It is understood that if you are alone in the vehicle then you can still smoke and not receive a fine but there could be punishments if as a result you fail to drive with due care and attention.

This law will only apply in England and Wales though Scotland are likely to adopt a similar approach in the near future. 

I've always wondered why they have never banned smoking whilst driving as surely it's a distraction as well as being detrimental to one's health.

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Comments

  • June - August 26, 2015

    I totally agree. Driving should be about driving and smoking is a distraction.

  • Robert - August 26, 2015

    Surely smoking whilst driving, should be exactly the same as eating or drinking at the wheel, if not worse. It should be banned completely at the wheel.

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