It is now illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under 18 present.
The new law helps protect children from the dangers of second hand smoke and applies under the ‘The Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015.’
Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50 if anyone smokes in the vehicle.
Why has the law changed?
Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals. This puts them at risk of serious conditions, such as meningitis, cancer and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make asthma worse.
Secondhand smoke is dangerous for anyone, but children are especially vulnerable, because they breathe more rapidly and have less developed airways, lungs and immune systems. Over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and opening windows does not remove its harmful effect.
The law has changed to protect children and young people from such harm.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/smoking-in-vehicles
It is an offence:
The fixed penalty notice fine for both offences is £50. Both the Police and authorised enforcement officers of Blaby District Council can enforce this law. Both enforcement bodies will work closely together to educate and advise when enforcing the new legislation.
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