UK’s Ban on Smoking in Cars with Children Present Starts Today

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Starting today, it will be a crime in Britain and Wales to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under 18 present, with fines starting at £50 for violators.

The new law has a number of exemptions and loopholes; for instance, should the smoker in a vehicle not be the driver, both that person and the driver could be fined. Additionally, convertibles with the top down and stowed would be exempted, though hard top vehicles with a sunroof open would be considered enclosed vehicles. Opening the windows would not excuse a driver from lighting up either.

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Additionally, motorhomes and other recreational vehicles would be subject to the law while being used for transport, but not while stationary and being used for living quarters. Finally, One a 17-year-old driving alone would not be subject to a fine for smoking in a vehicle.

Electronic cigarettes are not part of the new restrictions.

While police will have the authority to issue on-the-spot fines, a report in the Daily Mail said that numerous police chiefs are instructing their officers not to enforce the ban, instead issuing warnings if need be.

 

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