Published On: Wed, Jul 16th, 2014 on 3:12 pm

Smoking in cars carrying children could soon be banned

Smoking In Cars

Image courtesy: British Lung Foundation

Parliament has voted in favour of legislation that gives Ministers powers to bring forward regulations to make cars carrying children smoke-free.

The government has published a consultation on proposed regulations to be made under the Children and Families Act 2014, and is now seeking views on draft regulations before they are made.

Under proposed regulations, existing legislation as set out in the Health Act 2006 will be extended so it would be an offence to smoke or to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle with someone under the age of 18 present.

The regulations will not apply to anyone driving alone however.

The proposals have already been supported by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), a voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Principle policy officer at the CIEH, Ian Gray, said: “Polls have shown that the vast majority of people already understand that the confined enclosed space of a motor vehicle is one of the worst places to smoke and the last place that you would want your children to be exposed to other people’s smoking.

“It can be anticipated therefore that the adoption of this law will act as a further deterrent and that the need for enforcement action will be limited.”

Existing smoke-free legislation already protects children when they are travelling in all forms of public transport and is already forbidden in company-owned cars, lorries and vans.

The consultation will run until 27 August 2014.

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  1. Margaret says:

    Instead of smoking, shouldn’t drivers be using their hands to control the car?

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