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One Fine Issued in First Year of Car Smoking Ban

By Media Executive, General Law

One Fine Issued in First Year of Car Smoking Ban

Only one fine has been issued for smoking in a car with children since the ban came into force just over a year ago.

The law was changed in October 2015, making it illegal to smoke inside a car with anyone under the age of 18 present to protect young people from the effects of second hand smoke.

The punishment for those found smoking in a car with children inside is a set £50 fine.

The news comes after freedom of information requests sent to all the police forces in England and Wales revealed that only one £50 fine was processed.

It has emerged that over the last year most cases where drivers have been caught smoking in a vehicle with children inside have only resulted in a verbal warning.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “The measure of success for this legislation will be the changes in attitude and behaviour, not the number of enforcement actions.”

The fine for smoking in a vehicle with children present must be collected by the local authority after they have been notified by the police and have sent a penalty notice to the offender.

Police do not have the power to issue on-the-spot fines and have found it “really difficult” to enforce the law according to the South Wales Argus.