As of the 1st of October 2015 smoking in a vehicle with anyone under the age of 18 will be illegal. The reason for this is to protect children and young people from the dangers that second hand smoke has.

If you are caught smoking in a vehicle while there is anyone under the age of 18 with you, you will be fined. This applies to every driver in England and wales. Even those aged 17 and those with a provisional drivers licence. However the law will not apply to 17 year olds who are on their own in a vehicle.

The department of health have a video that outlines everything you need to know about the new law:  [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jB9zSTlvwY[/youtube]

 

When a child breathes second hand smoke, they are put at risk of thousands of chemicals in the smoke. This can cause serious conditions include pneumonia, meningitis, bronchitis and cancer.

The law applies to any private vehicles even if the windows or sunroof are open .However if you are driving a convertible with the roof down the law won’t apply.

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Michael McGhie
Article by Michael McGhie
Michael began his career at one of the leading criminal litigation practices in Bournemouth. Since then he has worked for a number of high profile law firms across the country.

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