The start of this month has seen new Government Legislation ban smoking in cars when children are present.


My Car Credit takes a look at five points we think you need to know about the new law.


So in a nutshell, what is the new law?

It is now illegal to smoke in any vehicle where there are children under the age of 18 present.


When was the new law effective from?

1st October 2015


Who will the new law affect?

It will affect any drivers driving a vehicle that is wholly or partially enclosed by a roof.

It is also important to be aware that it is also an offence to smoke whilst your vehicle is parked with the window down, sunroof open or air conditioning on.


What would happen to me if I got caught smoking with a child in my car?

You would be issued with a £50 fine. If you were the driver and the smoker, you could be fined twice.


Are there any exceptions?

If you smoke in a convertible and providing the roof is down, you will not be seen to be committing an offence. E-cigarettes are also excused and 17 year olds smoking whilst driving a car are an exception, this is providing they are alone and no child is present.