Wales bans smoking in cars with children
Wales has joined England in banning smoking in cars with children from 1st October 2015. Will Scotland and Northern Ireland join in? Company car drivers haven't been able to smoke in cars since 2009.
Here's the background to the ban:
The House of Lords have backed the ban on smoking in cars with children, so I will keep you updated on how this gets on and update the blog accordingly. In the meantime, do you really want to smoke in your used car?
10th February 2014 the Houses of Parliament are taking a vote on smoking in cars with children today. 10pm MP's have voted to amend the Children and Family bill to ban smoking in cars with children. Let's see if it gets voted through before the next election in 2015.
15th July 2014, An announcement today that Wales are in the consultation process to ban smoking in cars with children present. 11th September 2014, Wales are considering £50 fine for people smoking in cars with children.
4th October 2014 a Midlands driver has been fined for smoking in a company car. £75 fine was issued, he didn't pay it and it went to court and the total bill is £700. Starting to get expensive.
9th November 2014 it looks like a ban will come into effect from October 2015. Smoking in a car with children, whether it's the driver or passenger will be an offence. The penalty will range from £50 on spot fine to £10,000 for a driver who fails to stop a passenger from smoking.
11 February 2015 parliament are banning smoking in cars with children from October 2015 in England and a fine of £50 could be imposed.
2nd June 2015 Wales pass legislation to ban smoking in cars with children and will come into effect from 1st October 2015 with a fine of £50. This brings Wales in line with England. What about Scotland and Northern Ireland?
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